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A Saxon Masterpiece.

This is a page from a famous Saxon illuminated manuscript called the 'Lindisfarne Gospels'. It was written at Lindisfarne Priory in Northumbria in about AD 698. The patterns on this page are very detailed and it may have taken several weeks to paint. The interlaced ribbon patterns were used by both the Saxons and the Celts. The four circular patterns are Celtic in style. Lindisfarne is in England but the priory was founded by Irish Celtic monks. This is combination of styles of art is called 'Hiberno-Saxon' (Irish-English). The artist is thought to have been Bishop Edfrith. The 'Lindisfarne Gospels' are kept in the British Library in London.



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