Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

The Book of Kells: Exploring an Irish Medieval Masterpiece

Trinity College Dublin

On this course learners have explored the landscape, history, faith, theology, and politics of early medieval Ireland through the Book of Kells. Learners also considered how the manuscript was made, its extended biography and how it has affected different areas of the contemporary world.

4 weeks, 4 hours per week

Rachel Moss

Associate Professor in the History of Art and Architecture

Trinity College Dublin

Fáinche Ryan

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Loyola Institute

Trinity College Dublin


Learning outcomes

  • Explain the function and meanings of medieval Irish art
  • Understand how medieval manuscripts were made
  • Engage critically with methodologies and scholarly debates which have shaped interpretations of the period
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the distinctive features of the Irish Church in this era
  • Combine visual analysis with theological and historical appraisal regarding medieval material culture


  • Where and how the manuscript was made
  • The social context from which the manuscript emerged, including early medieval faith and politics.
  • The artistic context of the manuscript, reflecting local and international styles.
  • The theology and interpretations of the text.
  • How and why the manuscript survived
  • The Book of Kells and contemporary culture.

Issued on 17th January 2022

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The Book of Kells: Exploring an Irish Medieval Masterpiece

Trinity College Dublin