About Dr Moss
Rachel Moss is an Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is an authority on the art and architecture of medieval Ireland. She has published numerous articles and book chapters; her books include The Book of Durrow (Thames and Hudson, 2018) and Art and Architecture of Ireland. Volume 1. Medieval c.400—c.1600 (Yale University Press and the Royal Irish Academy, 2014). She has served as a board member for national cultural organisations including the Irish Architectural Archive, the Discovery Programme and Science Gallery Dublin. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) and past president of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.
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Theme of the talk - The long life of the Book of Kells
It is regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, described by some as ‘the most famous manuscript in the world’. But what is it about the Book of Kells that makes it so famous? Why do over one million people a year of all faiths and ages visit a 1,200-year old copy of the New Testament? In this talk Dr Moss will explore the long history of the manuscript, from its creation to the circumstances of its miraculous survival during the turbulent late medieval and early modern period in Kells to its deposit in Trinity College Library. The transformation of the manuscript from a sourcebook for biblical scholars to a national icon in the nineteenth century will be explored, together with its influence on Irish cultural life, ranging from the works of Joyce to the Irish pub.