Feb 15, 2017

The Celtic Love of Books

Treasured Books

I love telling the story of how St. Columcille (Columba) loved books. They were rare in the 6th century when he lived, and to have one and be able to make your own copy to keep and study was the greatest treasure to saints and scholars. Columcille, whose name means Dove of the Church, copied a copy of the Vulgate without permission. Making a copy lessened its value and a war was fought over this book. It was that important.

Pages of Ireland

The idea of how cherished books were in that time period inspired my novel, Pages of Ireland. My now published novel originally had another title. I wrote on this blog how the story was inspired by the Book of Durrow. I was fortunate enough to be able to see the Book of Durrow when I visited Trinity College a few weeks after I wrote this post.

Enya's Son

This is the title of the novel I'm currently working on, which will include the tale I've mentioned at the beginning of this post, but from the perspective of Columcille's mother.

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