England: Holy Island of Lindisfarne
Hello from Lindisfarne, another “thin place” for early Celtic Christian monks.
The holy island of Lindisfarne
Around A.D. 635, the Irish monk St. Aidan and his followers founded a monastery on Lindisfarne, now in ruins. He had come from Iona off the west coast of Scotland to evangelize the north of England. It was here that the famous illuminated manuscript known as the Lindisfarne Gospels was produced early in the next century. Today the Gospels are housed in the British Library in London, despite a campaign to have them returned to a suitable place in the northeast of England, such as Durham Cathedral.
On June 8, 793, sails appeared off the coast of Lindisfarne. The Norsemen were here – the Viking age had begun. The raiders destroyed the abbey on the island and looted its treasures.
Robin Currie, Britain and Ireland. A Visual Tour of the Enchanted Isles. National Geographic. Washington, D.C. 2010. p. 171-172
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