Carolingian manuscript manuscripts are a great source of information about ancient Celtic life.
Now, they’re becoming a bit more widely known thanks to a recent project.
The British Library has been collecting and digitising the Carolingians’ manuscripts and other artefacts, including their pottery and furniture, which were first discovered in the 1980s.
Now the project has revealed what people were writing, what books they were reading and where they lived.
“Carnivores” The library is collecting manuscripts from the Middle Ages and early modern period in the Carolinian period (12th to 11th centuries).
This includes works by the likes of Eadbald (d.
1037), John of Gaunt (1038-1096), Ethelred (d 1089-1119), and Ethelric (d 1131-1189).
The manuscripts include many items from the library’s collection, including a series of pottery fragments.
“We have a really nice collection of very important items,” Dr Stephen Brown, who is leading the project, said.
“A great number of items that were never published before, or which are only now being digitised.”
One item in particular stands out: a book called Aetnae of Aethra.
It was written by a woman named Aetnan (not her real name) and was discovered in an archaeological dig in the early 20th century.
She was the widow of Ethelbert, the leader of the Celtic army, and a lover of animals.
It’s been discovered in a small cave on the site of the church of Aetan (or Aet-an) in Co. Meath.
“It was probably written by Aethan,” Dr Brown said.
It is a work of literature written in Celtic, a language of the north of Ireland, that was spoken in the area from around 1050BC.
“Its an amazing find.”
The book was a collection of poetry, songs and stories, including one called The Lamentations of the Bear, which was composed in the 10th century, and is now in the collections of the Scottish Library.
The library says it has been interested in manuscripts since the Middle Age, but had never realised they were so well preserved.
The books are all housed at the library and are accessible to visitors.
The manuscripts are housed in a room called the Library of the North, which is also part of the Carolican Library.
There are also a few of the artifacts from the original dig on the grounds.
One item from the carolingians is a copy of an early manuscript called a “Candelion” (or “Carling” as the manuscripts are known), which was found in the 1930s and was used to make an early Celtic calendar.
The Library of Carnivores has found that other manuscripts from that period have also been found.
One is a large collection of Celtic books called The Cauldron of Oglaigh (written around 1240BC), which includes books on food and drinking, music and dancing.
Another is a collection called the Cauldron Book of the House of Ogin (which is written around the same time), which describes how to make a fire.
The Carolingion library also has a collection on the origins of Celtic languages.
One of the books is called Aërcle Gwynedd, which tells of the exploits of the Irish, Welsh and Scots, who fought for the Carolingians against the Norman invaders.
“There are some interesting stories about how these people came to Ireland, and the influence they had on the Irish,” Dr Smith said.