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Sun Dancing: A Vision of Medieval Ireland

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Visible on a clear day off the west coast of Ireland, the Skellig Islands, a cluster of cruel rocks, rise spectacularly from the Atlantic Ocean. A sanctuary to birds and seals today, for over six hundred years during the middle ages it was a center for a particularly intense form of monastic life, one that acclaimed writer Geoffrey Moorhouse explores with utmost fascination, scholarship, and imagination in Sun Dancing. A must read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Celtic spirituality, Moorhouse's lively narrative is a superbly imagined account of the monks' isolated life-the spiritual struggles and triumphs and unbelievable physical hardships. To complement and enrich the book, Moorhouse establishes the historical context of Irish monasticism and describes the monks' influence and undeniable role in preserving western civilization, as well as unexpected connections between medieval Ireland and India, Egypt, and Byzantium, and the surviving impact of pagan mythology. An entertaining and enlightening work, Sun Dancing makes medieval Ireland come alive.

Synopsis:

Combining narrative re-creations with scholarly reflections, Moorhouse brings to life the monks of the Skellig Islands and the spirituality of medieval Ireland in a “highly original, gracefully written” book (Boston Globe) that is “sure to fascinate lovers of Celtic history” (Boston Herald). A Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-284).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151002771
Subtitle:
Life in a medieval Irish monastery and how Celtic spirituality influenced the world
Author:
Moorhouse, Geoffrey
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
Middle ages
Subject:
Civilization, medieval
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Celts
Subject:
Civilization, celtic
Subject:
Monastic and religious life
Subject:
Ireland Civilization.
Subject:
Skellig Islands
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
93-529
Publication Date:
19990311
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Combining narrative re-creations with scholarly reflections, Moorhouse brings to life the monks of the Skellig Islands and the spirituality of medieval Ireland in a “highly original, gracefully written” book (Boston Globe) that is “sure to fascinate lovers of Celtic history” (Boston Herald). A Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist.

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