The High Crosses of Ireland

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Found almost exclusively in Ireland, the building of the high crosses follows the time in history that saw the production of beautiful manuscripts such as the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow. These stone monumnets have survived in varying degrees of preservation until the present time.The High Crosses of Ireland: Inspirations in Stone focuses on the visual aspects of these crosses with numerous colour photographs, many of which show the dimensional depth of the crosses by photographing them from a diagonal rather than a frontal perspective. The context and backgound of the high crosses are discussed and descriptions provided. Chapters include subjects such as the coming of Christianity to Ireland, early Celtic crosses in Co Donegal, the granite crosses of the Barrow Valley, the high crosses of Ossary, sites with a single scriptural cross of the ninth or tenth century, and the high crosses at Clonmacnoise, Kells, and Monasterboice. Author Dr Elinor Powell was born in Dublin and practised medicine in Victoria, Canada until her retirement. She has been taking photos of high crosses since the 1980s and in this book she also compares the effect of weathering on some of the crosses over time.