Brendan is a young monk, he is twelve years oldand lives with his uncle Cellach, the Abbot, in theAbbey of Kells (IX Century, Ireland).Along with the other brothers, he is building awall to protect the abbey from the attacks of theVikings.
One day, Aidan, Cellach’s brother and his catPangur Bán arrive at the abbey. Aidan is an oldmonk from Iona who keeps a secret manuscripthe is working on. He decides to teach Brendanall his knowledge to draw the book pages.
Brendan discovers the art of miniature to finishthe book. He leaves the Abbey for the first timeand he goes into the enchanted forest to getsome berries for ink. There, where the paganmonster Crom Cruach and other dangerouscreatures are hidden, he meets Aisling, a girlwho turns into a wolf to help him.
THE BOOK OF KELLS,“the book that turned darkness into light”.The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscriptbook written in Latin.It was created by Celticmonks by the year 800 and it could have beenstarted in Iona before being continued in thetown of Kells.
It contains the Gospels of the New Testament.The manuscript is 33 cm long and 25 cm wideand each page of text contains between sixteenand eighteen lines.
The book was never finished and the manuscriptremained in the town of Kells until 1654 when thegovernor sent it to Dublin.Since 1661 it is kept in the Old Library at TrinityCollege.
The Book of Kells is one of the finest and mostfamous manuscripts and one of the mostimportant remains of medieval religious art.