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Medieval Manuscripts were and are very beautifully decorated versions of Latin, Greek, and usually Christian documents.  Monks worked hard to copy books by hand becuase the printing press had yet to be invented.  They did this with lots of embelishment, not becuase it was beautiful, but because it was difficult and tedious work.  This type of monotonous work was intended to keep the monk's mind off of the worldly pleasures and to keep his mind on the spiritual afterlife to come.
Many Monks kept the candles burning far into the night as they slaved away at the awesome task of copying books that we would barely be able to read ourselves.  The language is not the only barrier.  The books were written on parchment or on the dried skins of animals.  The pens were nothing but brushes, sticks or other crude and rudimentary implements that could be had.  The fountain, ball-point, or roller-ball pens of today would have medieval monks sighing a breath of relief.  Whoa, they better go and find something harder and more difficult to do!
The Celtic Influence in the copying of manuscripts (literally:  Hand-writing) is very apparent.  Some of our best examples come from the British Isles, and Ireland in particular.  A famous book of Kells, or so they are called, shows some of the finest handi-work ever created in the monastery.  These have survived and are treasured by historians, but tedious to read and to understand.  The picture on this page is only one of the beautiful examples to be seen.

To See More Kells Click Below:
Kell #1
Kell #2
Kell #3
Kell #4
Kell #5

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