A page from the Book of Kells with illuminated spiral and geometric patterns, and intricate crosses in the insular style.
Ancient History

Insular Art: Insular Style of Manuscript Illumination

August 30, 2020

The illuminated manuscripts from early Irish society are some of the most exquisite insular art that you will see. There are certain common artistic elements in these manuscripts. What are these elements and what are the best examples of insular style illuminated manuscripts? […]

A two-handled silver cup with intricate gold decorations around the mouth and the base of the cup.
Ancient History

Insular Art: Three Best Examples of Early Irish Metalwork

August 30, 2020

Perhaps the most widespread insular art form in early Irish society was metalwork. Also, metal lasts much longer than other materials. So, we have discovered many ancient metalwork artifacts from Ireland. What are the best examples? […]

Geometric repeating floral patterns on tiles.
Ancient History

Insular Art: The La Tène Style of Art and Its Influences

August 30, 2020

The La Tène style of art originated in Central Europe and spread right across Gaul and even reached the British Isles. What are the aesthetic elements of the La Tène style that distinguish it from other styles during that period? […]

A picture of an early Irish monastic setting out to sea in search of God.
European History

Early Irish Monastics: Myths, Monasteries, and Pilgrimage

August 9, 2020

The early Irish monastic figures played an important role in the spread of Christianity in Ireland and other places in Europe. Some Irish monks set out to sea with the deliberate aim of letting the wind take them wherever it would. Some returned to tell marvelous stories about what they had seen. […]

Divination scrolls in with Celtic alphabet stones.

The Celtic Fringe: The Breton Hegemony over Brittany

June 28, 2020

The Celtic world was marginalized heavily when the Latin languages took over, but some regions, such as Brittany in France, underwent some sociopolitical changes that put them on the fringe of the fringe. Read on to find out more. […]

Welsh people in traditional costumes

The Old North or Yr Hen Ogledd

May 14, 2020

The Old North or Yr Hen Ogledd referred to the areas that kept their British languages after the fall of the Roman Empire but lost it to the invaders that arrived from the 5th century onwards. Only one area’s efforts and approach helped their language survive to date. […]

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