As a fan of calligraphy and The Lindisfarne Gospels in particular I was delighted to read that it will be featured in Episode 3 of the Sacred Wonders of Britain on BBC2. As I mentioned previously I think that The Lindisfarne Gospels are an example of medieval calligraphy at its best. So if this is something you’re interested in make sure you tune into BBC2 on Monday 13th January 2014, 21:30.
Here’s the short description about the episode from the BBC website:
“Neil Oliver examines how the creation of saints by the early church led to a new generation of Sacred Wonders across Britain. On Iona, in the Inner Hebrides, Neil discovers the traditional resting place of Macbeth as well as delvings back through time to discover how St Columba sanctified the island with a tough brand of monasticism, all the way from the Egyptian desert. On Lindisfarne, Neil sees how the epic journey of St Cuthbert led to the writing of the extraordinary Lindisfarne Gospels and the building of Durham Cathedral.
At Canterbury Cathedral, Neil learns how St Thomas Becket’s grizzly murder was harnessed to build its Nave, one of the great glories of medieval architecture, and on Glastonbury Tor in Somerset he investigates layer after layer of powerful legend in the story of the Holy Grail, the sacred cup of everlasting life.”