If ever you are in Dublin – heaven for bibliophiles – be sure to see the Book Of Kells here: http://www.tcd.ie/visitors/book-of-kells/
Andree and I visited Iona some time back. There one sees some ruins of the Viking raids on the island. It was from here that Christianity, a new beam of light and wonder, spread to Europe. Iona, where ST Columba worked his wonders, and later Kells, are the crib of Western Christianity.
The great question the Book of Kells answers is this: In a sacked world, where beauty itself is ground underfoot, how does the human heart answer despair?
Answer: By snatching beauty from the ruins of a fallen world.
And THAT is the Book Of Kells.