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3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Lindisfarne has captured the imagination of visitors and residents alike. This title explores the eventful history of the area. It takes us on a journey to 'the cradle island' - the ancient shrine of Celtic Christianity. It tells the story of people and nature since the beginning, also exploring the natural history and archaeology of the region.
Paperback, 258 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by History Press Ltd (first published May 1st 1984)
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Moves from history to natural history without missing a step

I thought that this would be an erudite but dispassionate history of Holy Isle but I was wrong; the author's love of history and natural history shines through and he moves from one to the other with ease.
His knowledgeable grasp of 1st millennium European culture and ornithology are especially noticeable whilst, as an Icelander, his cultural affinity with story telling; grand narratives and epic poetry makes this book a very readable 1
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Jul 12, 2014 Nicola Hawkes rated it really liked it
This was a good and very readable mix of history and wildlife and island characterization. Having just had a week in Northumberland, with a couple of short trips to Holy Island I found this good at evoking the turbulent past of this tiny outpost of Christianity as well as describing the recent history and differing points of view of the islanders. Perhaps it was a little confusing with all those Celtic names, but the stories of Aidan and Cuthbert were lovely.
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