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Images from 'A Manx ABCDery'
  “These books are not lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves…
speaking to us.” Gilbert Highet
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image of wheel cross
  The crosses of Mann  
  From the fifth to the twelfth centuries the Manx carved stone memorials, sometimes to commemorate important events, sometimes to commemorate their dead. From the very simple to the extremely ornate, the Isle of Man has one of the largest collection of Celtic and Viking crosses in the British Isles.  
  As settlers came, the changing designs reflected the influence of new ideas. The Celtic decoration was of swirling lines which flowed but did not overlap. The intricate knotwork which appears magnificently on many of the Manx crosses was first used to illustrated Christian texts in Ireland. The new possibilities of interlacing flowing lines were adopted by the Celts when they adopted the new religion.  
  The Vikings brought a further layer of decoration. Many of their designs illustrated their sagas and incorporated figures and animals. The Manx were quick to copy the new ideas.  
  We even know who carved some of the Manx crosses. One tenth-century craftsman ‘signed’ a particularly fine work ‘Gault made this and all in Mann’  
  Another in Loaghtan Books occasional Hoofprint series, a book about Manx crosses is planned probably for early 2018.  
  Future publications
A Manx A-B-C-Dery

It’s simple. A is for Albert Tower, B is for Bride Bunkers… We’ve taken the 26 letters of the alphabet and used them as a starting point for 26 lesser known attractions on the island. X was a challenge!

image from 'A manx ABCDery'

For those of you with long memories, we had planned to work on this book a couple of years ago, but other projects took priority. We never forgot it though…

image from 'A manx ABCDery'

Incidentally, a number of people have asked us about the choice of name for this book and also how they should pronounce it.
image from 'A Manx ABCDery'

We could have called it something like ‘an
alphabetical list of a few Manx attractions’,
but that’s hardly a snappy title. ‘Manx Miscellany’
also sprung to mind, but it’s been used before.
Muttering about alphabets and A-B-Cs we realised
that, in an odd sort of way the first five
letters of the alphabet were pronounceable, and so
the title was born.

For those of you still unsure about how to
pronounce the title, recite the first three
letters of the alphabet and add ‘-dery’ at
the end.

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