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La place du livre dans la société médiévale : le livre trésor. Étude à travers l'exemple du Livre de Kells

Abstract : The Book of Kells is a paradox. Even though it is very famous, it remains mysterious. In fact, despite many studies, we are not aware of its exact location and date of creation. Yet we need these elements to study it. Nevertheless, this manuscript stands as an important witness of the Irish eighth and ninth centuries literary production which developed mostly in two main monastic structures, the scriptoria and the libraries. It brings out many networks. Besides, it has a strong symbolic role ; mark of wealth and prestige, it still remains an imposing evidence of its creators' faith, throughout magnificent ornamentations. Its particularity is to mix iconographic traditions and new elements which have, sometimes remote origins. Moreover it presents a significant richness as much material than iconographical, cultural or religious. The Book of Kells was certainly a liturgical item, altar book more than a teaching or reading instrument wich were also the two usual functions of books at that time. Undeniably a tribute to God, its beauty and great spiritual value makes it a real treasure book.
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Marie Michel. La place du livre dans la société médiévale : le livre trésor. Étude à travers l'exemple du Livre de Kells. Histoire. 2009. ⟨dumas-00406915⟩

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