Book of Kells - Intricate Designs From The Middle Ages The Book of Kells is one of the most splendid manuscripts to emerge from the Middle Ages. The book originates in artistic, religious and cultural traditions spanning from Ireland, Scotland and northern England. The original manuscript resides at Trinity College in Dublin. Painted by hand, the Book of Kells reproduces the Gospels and contains an array of brilliantly coloured ornaments throughout its 680 pages. Full-page illustrations, lavish letterforms and a myriad of tiny animals and figures adorn its pages.