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 Title  The Secret of Kells
This animated tale, featuring a boy and his cat, is fun for kids yet also deals with serious Irish history both Pagan and Christian. In the 9th Century, in Kells, a small hamlet just northwest of Dublin, monks preserved ancient texts by copying them onto parchment. These texts where then 'illuminated' with Celtic knots and other motifs in vivid color. Though Kells is inland and had a tall tower (keep) to protect its valuables, Vikings invaded and plundered the monastery making away with the jeweled, metal cover of their most precious manuscript, known today as the Book of Kells. The Book (sans jewels) is available to see today at the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, where each day a page is turned revealing a new illumination. Interesting note: The cat, Pangur Ban, was inspired by a little poem found in a copied manuscript on the mainland. The poem was in Gaelic, showing the reach of Irish calligraphers as they spread across Europe. Link to reviews Click picture
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 Year   2009      Type   Family    Rating   G
 Director  Tomm Moore  Writer  Tomm Moore
 Cast  Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Christen Mooney, Liam Hourican,
  Mick Lally, Michael McGrath


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