Saints Home Stones

Each month (with the exception of the combined Summer months of July and August), this website features two journeys to take to explore the Saints and Stones of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The December 2021 homepage features a one-day visit to several of the Lindisfarne Saints Sites, and a two-day visit to Lindisfarne-Related Saints Sites.

Books: To the Island of Tides: A Journey to Lindisfarne by Alistair Moffat. Lindisfarne, famous for its monastery, home to Saints Aidan and Cuthbert, and the place where the celebrated Lindisfarne Gospels were written, has long been a place of sanctuary. The author travels to - and through the history of - the fated island of Lindisfarne. Walking from his home in the Borders, through the historical landscape of Scotland and northern England, he takes us on a pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints and scholars, before arriving for a secular retreat on the Holy Isle.

Publications: The Lindisfarne Scriptorium is a publisher of books and other offerings based on Holy Island. It describes its work thusly: "Taking spiritual and visual inspiration from the work of the monks who created wonderful books like the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells, the calligraphy, illumination and illustration we offer you is a merging of old skills with new materials and new techniques inspired by ancient sacred works...Our inspiration is also drawn from the rich Celtic spirituality of Northumbria, our Christian faith, and the beautiful environment of Holy Island. We aim to follow the great Monastic Scriptorium tradition of producing pieces of artwork that give glory to God and help His people to worship." Aside from books, it also produces cards, calendars, CDs, and DVDs.

Websites and Blogs: Holy Island's E-Mail Magazine covers a variety of topics relating to living on or near the island of Lindisfarne. You can view past issues and subscribe to receive issues of this free and informative monthly newsletter.

Podcasts: Our podcast for this month presents BBC In Our Time: The Lindisfarne Gospels. Melvyn Bragg discusses the 8th century manuscripts that united the Celtic and Roman church and cultures in England, and are often seen as the first artworks of Christian Britain. With Dr. Michelle Brown, Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library and author of A Guide to Western Historical Scripts: From Antiquity to 1600; Dr. Richard Gameson, Reader in Medieval History at Kent University and editor of St Augustine and the Conversion of England; Professor Clare Lees, Professor of Medieval Literature at King's College London and author of Tradition and Belief: Religious Writing in Late Anglo-Saxon England.

Organizations: The Lindisfarne Centre is the ideal starting point for a visit to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. As the Centre describes itself, "Our knowledgeable staff can help you plan your time and provide tips and ideas for making the most of the island: where to go, where to enjoy refreshments and where to stay. Enjoy interactive displays on the history and heritage of Lindisfarne, packed with plenty of children's games and activities. Learn how the monks produced the world-famous Lindisfarne Gospels and see a facsimile of this national treasure. Understand the terror of the Viking raid of A.D. 793, and listen and learn from islanders about community life and the island's special natural history."

Art-Photography: The Lindisfarne Gospels, a beautifully decorated book of the four Gospels, was made by a single artist-scribe, Bishop Eadfrith of Lindisfarne, working in the monastery of Lindisfarne around 715-720 A.D. A masterpiece of Insular culture (of the islands of Britain and Ireland), it skillfully blends artistic, calligraphic, and textual components drawn from Celtic, Germanic, and Mediterranean cultures. The original book resides in London at the British Library. In 2022, the book will go on display in the Northeast of England in Newcastle, on loan from the British Library.

Videos: We present three videos this month. The first is a repeat of the excellent video, Lindisfarne Before and After the Viking Raids presented by Dig Ventures. The second, Who Lived on Lindisfarne Before, During, and After the Viking Raids?, also from Dig Ventures, is an informative discussion with Dr. David Petts of Durham University and Maiya Pina-Dacier of Dig Ventures. Lastly, we offer The Geology of Lindisfarne, a geologic tour around Holy Island by Ian Jackson, who is retired from his post as Operations Director of the British Geological Survey.

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