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  New authors  
  Despite appearances, we do publish work by other people!  
  While we work full time at producing books, we recognise that for most people it’s not their main job. Whether it’s a hobby, interest or compulsion, researching and writing takes time, and putting together a book can be a long job. The results can be fascinating, however, and
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  Hopefully, over the next few months these hard-working authors might
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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.

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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 illustrate Christian texts in Ireland. The new possibilities of interlacing flowing lines were adopted by the Celts when they adopted the new religion.

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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.

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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, the book about Manx crosses is planned probably for early 2018.

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