Discover the history and landscape of the source of the Lindisfarne Gospels
Blending history and memoir, author Alistair Moffat reveals the history of the fated island of Lindisfarne, source of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels now held at the British Library, in a talk inspired by his new book To the Island of Tides: A Journey to Lindisfarne.
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. It is an island rich in history: the Romans knew it as Insula Medicata; it reached the height of its fame in the dark ages, even survived Viking raids, before ultimately being abandoned after Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monastery. Today the isle maintains its position as a space for retreat and spiritual renewal.
Walking from his home in the Borders, through the historical landscape of Scotland and northern England, Alistair Moffat recounts a pilgrimage in the footsteps of saints and scholars.
Alistair Moffat was born in Kelso, Scotland in 1950. He is an award-winning writer, historian and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and former Rector of the University of St Andrews. He is the founder of Borders Book Festival and Co-Chairman of The Great Tapestry of Scotland. He is the author of The Hidden Ways: Scotland’s Forgotten Roads.
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