[How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe] E–pub ↠ Thomas Cahill

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  • How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe
  • Thomas Cahill
  • English
  • 16 March 2020
  • 9780385418485

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Read & Download How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe Thomas Cahill æ 0 review How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe review Á 100 Ved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era Without Ireland the transition could not have taken place Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers both pagan and Christian while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost they brought their uniuely Irish world view to the taskAs Cahill delightfully illustrates so much of the liveliness we associate with medieval culture has its roots in Ireland When the seeds of Though not exactly news to anyone who went to school in Ireland Cahill seems to have an Irish American readership as his target audience particularly given away by his repeated and annoying generalizations about the Irish Spirit and such like what does he mean Jameson or Bushmills this nevertheless has lots of good stuff in it and the overall argument is strongI particularly liked the early material contrasting the moribund writing of Roman Gallic poet Ausonias with St Augustine and the philospohical and literary revolution ushered in by his Confessions It reads as a great argument in a nutshell for the decline of the Roman Empire and the notion that the artistic output of a given culture can be a true reflection of its inner health or otherwise It is also hard not to share his enjoyment of the lusty heros and heroines of early Celtic Irish literature And finally his descriptions of the bustling worldly monastic centers that were translating and transcribing not only the key texts of Christianity but the epic literature of their native country and the canons of Classical antiuity are remarkable and inspiring

Read & Download How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval EuropeHow the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe

Read & Download How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe Thomas Cahill æ 0 review How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe review Á 100 Every year millions of Americans celebrate St Patrick's Day but they may not be aware of how great an influence St Patrick was on the subseuent history of civilization Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the conditions that allowed Ireland to become the isle of saints and scholars and thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbariansIn this entertaining and compelling narrative Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evol This was awful Many reviews say things like charming and pleasant but I thought it was tedious and meandering Not all history has to be chronological there s interesting stuff in here but it s too long with details of Roman society Also the author writes like a blow hard and interjects things like Alas and Dear Reader and It is up to the reader to decide That kind of stuff irritates me to no endSearching for info online I found references that refute much of what the author posits including info about St Patrick Granted the author in tedious and blow harded notes acknowledges that no one can say exactly what happened but he s disguising mythology and folklore as truth

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Read & Download How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe Thomas Cahill æ 0 review How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe review Á 100 Culture were replanted on the European continent it was from Ireland that they were germinatedIn the tradition of Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror How The Irish Saved Civilization reconstructs an era that few know about but which is central to understanding our past and our cultural heritage But it conveys its knowledge with a winking wit that aptly captures the sensibility of the unsung Irish who relaunched civilizationPaperback New Arrives sealed ready to gift or add to home library Fulfilled by Prime Shipping eligibl As the Roman Empire crumbled so too did literacy and libraries suffer By the seventh century however Patrick had converted enough men into being Christians and scribes that many ancient Greek and Roman books were preserved in Ireland even as the originals crumbled elsewhere The preservation of ancient texts is a fascinating theme upon which to relate a history but alas the majority of the book concerns how awesome Plato is Seriously there is a three page uote from Plato followed by a good fifty page digression about what all that philosophy means First off I don t much like Plato his logic is fuzzy and his arguments are based on premises that are easily proven false So telling me that the Irish saved some Plato texts doesn t impress me all that much Plus it seems like many of these texts were saved elsewhere anyway so its not like we would have no ancient philosophy at all without Irish monasteries Second two thirds of this book is a recounting of Greek and Roman philosophy and ways of thinking one third has to do with the conversion of the Irish to Christianity and about three pages actually address scriptoriums and scribes and all the rest of that good stuff Not as advertised I assumed we d get at least a few pages on how copying out manuscripts actually worked with maybe a little information about early monasteries but Cahill is too busy endlessly telling us how super cool Greek philosophers are to recount any actual scholarship This is particularly frustrating because the little tidbits Cahill does share about early Irish scholars are fascinating the punny poems in margins of manuscripts the fights with European Christians over everything from tonsures to orthodoxy the melding of pagan and Christian ways of thinking into something new and uniue We only get about a sentence on each of these things though and then the book abruptly ends