Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth
Wednesdays 6 - 7pm, April 3, 10, 27, 24

Book of KellsFrom the 5th to the 9th century Ireland was a place of intense religious, artistic, philosophical and cultural activity.

Saint Patrick’s time coincided with the fall of the Roman Empire, when the "Dark Ages" descended on Europe. People lived under constant threat from war and invasion. Ireland’s geographical location made her relatively safe. Christian refugees and asylum seekers arrived in their thousands from all over Europe.

Many scholars and craftsmen were among those arriving and they brought with them their books and skills. Early Irish monasteries became "universities" and developed into "cities". They hand-copied the Bible and other ancient writings. Without them, much of ancient learning would have been lost. Ireland became known as the land of saints and scholars.

The most famous work from this period is the Book of Kells.

The course will examine this period in detail and cover the lives of Saint Brigid, Saint Kevin, Saint Columbcille, Saint Columbanus and Saint Brendan.

The growth of the "Celtic Church" and its relationship with Rome will be analyzed.

This period came to an end with the arrival of the Vikings who destroyed the monastic settlements and their contents, and killed and enslaved many who lived there.

All students will receive a PowerPoint presentation for each class.


 Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth

Wednesdays 6 - 7pm, April 3, 10, 27, 24
Call 508-394-7100 or go online at http://www.cultural-center.org        $75/$70  for members.