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How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to Rise of Medieval Europe (Hinges of History)

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ISBN13: 9780385418492
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The perfect St. Patrick's Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history — the untold story of Ireland's role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe.

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 subsequent 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 barbarians.

In this entertaining and compelling narrative, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved 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 uniquely Irish world-view to the task.

As Cahill delightfully illustrates, so much of the liveliness we associate with medieval culture has its roots in Ireland. When the seeds of culture were replanted on the European continent, it was from Ireland that they were germinated.

In 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 civilization.

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"A lovely and engrossing tale....Graceful and instructive." Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

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"Charming and poetic...an entirely engaging, delectable voyage into the distant past, a small treasure." The New York Times

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"Cahill's lively prose breathes life into a 1,600-year-old history." The Boston Globe

Synopsis:

A delightful and illuminating look into a crucial but little known "hinge" of history in which the author shows that the Irish were not only conservators of civilization, but became shapers of the medieval mind, putting their unique stamp on Western culture.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

About the Author

Thomas Cahill is the author of the best-selling books, How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe, The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels, and Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus. These books comprise the first three volumes of a prospective seven-volume series entitled "The Hinges of History," in which Cahill recounts formative moments in Western civilization. In "The Hinges of History," Thomas Cahill endeavors to retell the story of the Western World through little-known stories of the great gift-givers, people who contributed immensely to Western, culture and the evolution of Western sensibility, thus revealing how we have become the people we are and why we think and feel the way we do today.

Thomas Cahill is best known, in his books and lectures, for taking on a broad scope of complex history and distilling it into accessible, instructive, and entertaining narrative. His lively, engaging writing animates cultures that existed up to five millennia ago, revealing the lives of his principal characters with refreshing insight and joy. He writes history, not in its usual terms of war and catastrophe, but as "narratives of grace, the recountings of those blessed and inexplicable moments when someone did something for someone else, saved a life, bestowed a gift, gave something beyond what was required by circumstance." Unlike all too many history lessons, a Thomas Cahill history book or speech is impossible to forget.

He has taught at Queens College, Fordham University and Seton Hall University, served as the North American education correspondent for the Times of London, and was for many years a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Prior to retiring recently to write full-time, he was director of religious publishing at Doubleday for six years. He and his wife, Susan, also an author, founded the now legendary Cahill & Company Catalogue, much beloved by readers. They divide their time between New York and Rome.

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tfarmer25, December 10, 2007 (view all comments by tfarmer25)
This is a very readable history, anyone can understand, This is how a few monks in Ireland managed to save the History of the world so to speak, who says one person can't make a difference!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385418492
Subtitle:
The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to Rise of Medieval Europe (Hinges of History)
Author:
Cahill, Thomas
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Books
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
Manuscripts
Subject:
Learning and scholarship
Subject:
Illumination of books and manuscripts
Subject:
Civilization, Classical
Subject:
Transmission of texts
Subject:
Scriptoria.
Subject:
Monastic libraries.
Subject:
Scriptoria -- Ireland.
Subject:
Ireland Civilization To 1172.
Subject:
World History-Ireland
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Trade Paperback ed.
Series:
Hinges of History
Series Volume:
209.
Publication Date:
February 1996
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x .55 in .7 lb

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Product details 256 pages Anchor Books - English 9780385418492 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A lovely and engrossing tale....Graceful and instructive."
"Review" by , "Charming and poetic...an entirely engaging, delectable voyage into the distant past, a small treasure."
"Review" by , "Cahill's lively prose breathes life into a 1,600-year-old history."
"Synopsis" by , A delightful and illuminating look into a crucial but little known "hinge" of history in which the author shows that the Irish were not only conservators of civilization, but became shapers of the medieval mind, putting their unique stamp on Western culture.
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