Talk traces early Christianity in British Isles

BAR HARBOR — Katharine Thompson will trace her journey from Iona to Durham in the British Isles at a slideshow and talk at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.

Thompson’s trip took her on an exploration of early Christianity in the area. This journey traced the early Celtic tradition and saints, including Saint Columba, Saint Margaret of Scotland, Saint Cuthbert and Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, across Scotland and Northumbria.

Her trip began on the west coast of Scotland on Iona where St. Columba brought Christianity to the island in 563. From there, Thompson traveled to Dunfermline, an early capital of Scotland and the Cistercian Abbey ruin of Melrose. She then crossed into England and Northumbria at Coldstream. In Northumbria, Thompson went to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and Jarrow, where Britain’s first historian, the Venerable Bede, worked. She visited the port city of Whitby and its abbey ruin and then traveled to the Rievaulx Abbey and finally to the cathedral city of Durham.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

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