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THE BOOK OF KELLS: Copulating Cats and Holy Men

THE BOOK OF KELLS: Copulating Cats and Holy Men [Kindle Edition]

Simon Worrall
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    Critically acclaimed writer, Simon Worrall,author of The Poet and The Murderer, takes readers on a colourful journey behind the scenes of the creation of one of the world's greatest art works, the illuminated manuscript known as The Book of Kells. On the way, you will learn fascinating details about the monks who created the illuminated manuscript; the origins of the designs and the extraordinary lengths they went to to procure the colors used in the illuminations. The result is an uplifting story of the triumph of the human spirit in a time of war and darkness, " a rainbow-bridge of light thrown across the Dark Ages. "

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 103 KB
    • Publisher: Simon Worrall Publications (4 Mar 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003B6561I
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 31 May 2014
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    It's good to learn about the background but I expected and was looking forward to seeing some examples from the book of Kells itself.
    I had to buy another book to see these.
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars good if... 28 Aug 2012
    Very good if you are interested in irish history and (as i am) story telling. A factual book but interesting. Would love to see the real thing.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Brief but fascinating overview of The Book of Kells 25 May 2010
    By W. V. Buckley - Published on
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    As someone interested in European history during the "Dark Ages," I've stumbled across references to The Book of Kells many times in my reading. Beyond those few references I confess to almost total ignorance of the subject. What Simon Worrall has done with The Book of Kells: Copulating Cats and Holy Men is provide a brief overview for this magnificent treasure of Ireland and the British Isles.

    When I say brief, I mean you can easily read this in a single setting and still have a big part of your evening left over. In that short time Worrall manages to grab the readers' attention and engage their minds. Worrall also manages to avoid the dry "academ-ese" which kills so many history books for the general reading public and replaces it with descriptions that are as vibrant as the colors the monks used to adorn The Book of Kells.

    If I may be permitted one quibble ... in the copyright section of the book it claims the book is "a work of fiction." I suspect this may be a flaw with Amazon's publishing tools, but I wasn't sure what I would be reading when I downloaded this book. Rest assured that this is not a novel nor a short story, but a look at one of the most fascinating lights that helped to keep learning alive during the darkest part of the Dark Ages.
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great *essay* 18 Nov 2010
    By Consuelo Ruybal - Published on
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    The main purpose of my review is to let other readers know that this is not a novel. It's well written and has piqued my curiosity for the Book of Kells. I plan on doing more reasearch and learning more. However it took me less than 20 minutes to finish. Just keep that in mind when you settle in to read it, you might be finished with it before the tea has steeped.
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars PURE READING DELIGHT! 18 July 2012
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    Right from the start I need to chime in and tell you that this is not a work of fiction nor is it a novel nor is it an in depth study of the history of the Book of Kells. No, what this is is an essay using The Book of Kells as its subject matter. But this is a good thing, in particular since it is a very, very well written essay and I do love a good essay no matter the subject matter. Good writing is becoming a rare commodity these days and when we find a bit of it we need to grasp it closely.

    Now in my case, I love medieval history and I am especially fond of The Book of Kells as I am into art of that era also. As a matter of fact, journeying to Ireland and viewing the original is one of the items on my "bucket list." I have, over the years, marveled over this wonderful book and have seen some great reproductions. These reproductions though cannot replace the original. I will state most emphatically though that I will never gaze upon the wonderful illustrations in this book again and see them through the same eyes after I read this essay by Simon Worrall...this guy can write! This guy can make you think! What wonderful gifts.

    The author does go over the history of the creation of this magnificent work of art but that is almost secondary as the information he shares can be found elsewhere. No, it is the way the author tells us the story that is important. Had this work been in the form of poetry we would call it an ode. As it stands the author's prose takes us completely into the world of the book and we actually feel it as the author writes. Even when technical aspects such as color, drawing techniques and the like are address, it is presented in an almost poetic manner. I must admit that as to the colors used by those old monks I learned much from this essay.

    Worrall closes this work on a speculative note as to where we came from as a society, where we are now and where we are going. I suppose I found this particularly beautiful simply because I feel the same as the author and most certainly agree with his speculations...have for quite some time now.

    This is a short work and most can read it in less than thirty minutes. If I may suggest though, take your time, savor the words, contemplate the thoughts and revel in the written words...folks, take a couple of hours to digest this one and then turn around and read it again. Trust me; you are in for a wonderful treat!

    Don Blankenship
    The Ozarks
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK OF KELLS: Copulating Cats and Holy Men 26 Nov 2012
    By Denise L. Almazar - Published on
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    I enjoyed reading THE BOOK OF KELLS: Copulating Cats and Holy Men. I saw The Book of Kells during a visit to Ireland. This book gave me more details about how it was made. I hope to go back and see The Book of Kells again now that I know more about it!
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars fun yet illuminating romp through the pages of the Book of Kells 23 April 2012
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    A short vibrant romp through the magnificent pages of the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is a gorgeously illuminated manuscript in Latin containing the four Gospels of the New Testament along with various prefatory texts from around ca. 800. It is one of the great manuscripts in Western Civilization. You'll be inspired to search for the images after reading Worrall's vivid descriptions (He says it might as well be called the Book of Cats because of its many illustrations of cats). The book is written in an accessible personal style that distinguishes it from the many often dull academic treatises on this subject. It truly brings the Book of Kells to life for the scholar and non scholar alike. An enjoyable, yet illuminating read!
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