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ancient antiquity appears arch archaeology Architecture associated bell belong Book Brechin bronze building built called cell Celtic century chancel character characteristics Christian church civilisation close collection Columba Columcille conclusion consists construction covered crosier culture described doorway earlier earliest early east ecclesiastical established evidence example existing externally fact feet follows give given Gospels hand head height inches inches wide interest internally Ireland Irish island Italy King known land later length manuscripts materials measures monastery Museum nature nave objects opening original ornament period placed possession possible present preserved record reference regard relics remains roof Round Tower rude says scientific Scotland shrine side similar specimens stands stone story structure style thick tion traces twelfth century typical variety wall whole window written
Página 135 - Garnait. They made the prayer, and health came to him. After that Columcille gave to Drostan that town, and blessed it, and left as (his) word, 'Whosoever should come against it, let him not be many-yeared [or] victorious.' Drostan's tears came on parting with Columcille. Said Columcill, 'Let DEAR [deara= tears] be its name henceforward.
Página 136 - ... eleventh and twelfth centuries, we have it refounded and reinstated in its lands. The remembrance of its period of distress comes out clearly in these entries : " Whosoever shall go against it, let him not be many-yeared or victorious," says Columba, according to the legend ; and in another one, " His blessing on every one who shall fulfil this after him, and his curse on every one who shall go against it.
Página 152 - Book of Kells, for hours together, without ever detecting a false line or an irregular interlacement; and, when it is considered that many of these details consist of spiral lines, and are so minute as to be impossible to have been executed with a pair of compasses, it really seems a problem not only with what eyes, but also with what instruments, they could have been executed.
Página 131 - Be it on the conscience of every one in whom shall be for grace the booklet with splendour ; that he give a blessing on the soul of the wretchock who wrote it.
Página 86 - The doorways in these cells are two feet four inches in width, and but three feet six inches in height. On the other side of the chapel are a number of smaller cells, which were only large enough to contain each a single person. They are but six feet long, three feet wide, and four feet high, and most of them are now covered with rubbish. These formed a Laura, like the habitations of the Egyptian ascetics.
Página 216 - Edinburgh, there to remain in all time to come, for the use, benefit, and enjoyment, of the Scottish nation.
Página 152 - Westwood, who first drew attention to the peculiar excellences of the volume, will justify the terms made use of above : — ' This copy of the Gospels, traditionally asserted to have belonged to Columba, is unquestionably the most elaborately executed MS. of early art now in existence, far excelling, in the gigantic size of the letters in the frontispieces of the Gospel, the excessive minuteness of the ornamental details, the number of its decorations, the fineness of the writing, and the endless...
Página 134 - God's grace, and he asked of the mormaer, to wit Bede, that he should give it to him ; and he did not give it, and a son of his took an illness after (or in consequence of) refusing the clerics, and he was nearly dead (lit.