THE case against a former Celtic youth coach and kit man charged with a child sex offence will be heard this week in a Belfast court.Jim Mc Cafferty, 71, who now lives in Northern Ireland, was charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child aged 13 to 16 between December 2011 and December 2014. Introduction How Illuminated Manuscripts Were Made Typical Contents Decorations and Illuminations Irish Illuminated Manuscripts in Context Chronological List of Selected Gospel Manuscripts Legacy of Irish Illuminations Medieval Book Painting (c.1000-1500) Note: According to radiocarbon dating tests, the world's oldest illuminated gospel manuscripts are the Ethiopian Garima Gospels (c.390-660 CE) and the Syrian Rabbula Gospels (c.586 CE). Types of Religious Gospel Manuscripts The rise of the manuscript coincided with the spread of Christianity, and many of the early texts were produced specifically to aid in the process of conversion.In the Celtic areas of western Europe, the most important kind of text was the Gospel Book. There were the portable 'Pocket Gospels', which missionaries carried with them on their evangelical expeditions; there were the scholarly editions, used for study and research in monastic libraries; and there were the lavishly embellished types, complete with full-page religious paintings and decorative calligraphy. In most cases, they were either on open view on the high altar, or displayed during feast days and special processions.Their vessels of riveted sheet bronze were seen and copied by itinerant Irish smiths about the eighth or seventh century BC.Soon cauldrons began to made in Britain too, though there were rare at first and were probably reserved for ritual meals rather than everyday use. The new containers could be placed directly over the flames of a fire.Ultimately, this Hiberno-Saxon style created some of the most outstanding works in the history of Irish art of the Middle Ages.
Although his work does not survive intact, it was an important sources of information for a number of later Greek writers, notably Diodorus Siculus (1st century BC) and Athenaeus (fl. Athenaus, quoting Posidonious, describes the informal feasting arrangements of the Celts as follows: 'the Celts place dried grass on the floor when they eat their meals, using tables which are raised slightly off the ground.' The classical material indicates that the feast was centered around the cauldron and roasting spits and was characterized by an abundance of roasted and boiled meat, which were eaten with bare hands...feast was a ceremonial manifestation of the warfaring nature of society." ---Oxford Compantion to Food, Alan Davidson [Oxford University Press: Oxford] 1999 (p.Bronze, known in Britain from introduction the middle of the second millennium BC, was for a long time used sparingly for weapons, knives or jewelry.The inspiration for cauldrons of the meat came from the Greek trading colonies on the French Mediterranean coasts.Arthur, if he existed - and he might have done - is irretrievably lost. They sell because people believe the misleading claims of these books' covers, to reveal the 'truth' or unlock the 'secret'. I could decry the cynicism of publishers who profit from this audience's sincere but ill-informed desire for knowledge and from these authors' dishonesty but I am more troubled by the inactivity of my own, historical profession.Why has it done nothing to help this interested lay audience, by propagating the results of the specialist work that disproves any and all claims to have discovered the real Arthur?We do not pre-moderate or monitor readers’ comments appearing on our websites, but we do post-moderate in response to complaints we receive or otherwise when a potential problem comes to our attention.