Of course, if the psalter was produced on the mainland of Europe (say in
Italy), and imported into Ireland, the presence of papyrus says nothing at
all about Irish trade with North Africa.
On 19/06/2011 3:55 PM, William Patterson wrote:
> Fascinating; and consistent with the notion that the knotwork of early
> Christian crosses in Ireland and Scotland might have been influenced by
> knotwork designs in early Christian Egypt - a source shared with early
> Islamic designs such as in the Great Mosque (now Cathedral) of Cordoba.
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> Subject: Re: [OLD-IRISH-L] Fadden More Psalter
> On 18 Jun 2011 at 10:08, Aaron Griffith wrote:
>> Perhaps I missed this part of the discussion, but how much Old Irish
>> is in the psalter? I can't seem to get any information on that point.
> So far, I haven't heard anything about it. A couple of weeks ago, there was
> a documentary on the psalter on RTÉ, but they only spoke about Latin text.
> The most amazing fact about the psalter, which they mentioned, was that the
> leather book cover was lined on the inside by papyrus. No shred of papyrus
> had been found in Ireland before that. This find sheds a completely new
> light on the trade relationships of Ireland in the 8th century.
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