ISBN: 0385418493
EAN13: 9780385418492
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 1, 1996
Pages: 246
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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   Add this one to your Read Next list!!
Thomas Cahill's history of Ireland during the middle ages is so well written and so cleverly written that you will never know you are reading nonfiction. The show is as engrossing as Vikings on the History Channel. It is in solid facts, many of which are not well known, making it a fascinating read. The author is a scholar, whose prose is not only lyrical and learned, but paints pictures of western civilization after the Roman Empire fell. He added that Ireland will have a whole new appreciation for the contributions of the Emerald Isle.
   this very unlikely book was suggested as a book for ...
It was suggested to us as a book for our reading club. Everyone learnt so much, the discussion was so lively, and all the members gave it a 10 out of 10, Mrs Hughes said. In November, I had the privilage to travel on the edge of the Roman-barbaric border, and the knowledge that I gained from reading this book made it all so much more significant. If you are serious about literature, you must read this.
   My Irish Heritage Explained
He said the story of the three boys was "very interesting." I'm not sure if it was a boy or a girl, but my mother-in-law was born there. It was just a matter of time, I think, before I saw the culture first hand. The book is well-written and has all the necessary bells and whistles. I also recently read a book by the same name. I'll leave it at that, but this was a bit more obtuse. We're thrilled to have Larry Sylvester Acton back home, said Newmarket's Gerry Leone.
   Book: HOW THE IRISH SAVED CIVILIZATION, Great Prep for ST, Patrick's Day
After a ten day trip to Ireland with a Globus tour, I was ready for some in-depth history to enrich my memories of the trip. The legend begins with the ancient Greeks and Roman civilizations being overwhelmed by vandals. It introduces the rowdy temper with many little kingdoms, war-like contests, and kidnappings to provide slave labor. His life was cut short by his mother, and the rest made a great difference not only to Ireland, but to the world.
   A different kind of history
Some critics say the book is too good a read to be left behind. I might use the word irreverently, e.g., his statement likening Roman Catholicism to simplistic reverence for Jesus or that of Muslims for Mohammed as opposed to the rich fullness of the Irish Trinity. He focuses on Saint Augustine, Saint Patrick, Saint Columba and a few other Christian thinkers and Irish missionaries to the exclusion of many others.
   Read like you were there!
This was a re-read of sorts. There is mega-information and insights, and the writing makes it easy to understand even for a person not particularly well-versed in philosophy. I was married to an Irishman for 36 years and the character comes through clearly and authentically in this book. I don't believe the Irish have changed over the centuries, he said. The book helps clarify the meaning of the Civil War, and makes all the rest of history seem more logical. I now understand how it works all the way through to the end user. Anyone who wants to learn about history and also how it still impacts and informs what is happening today, I recommend this to anyone.
   Green Martyrdom---the Irish way!
Interesting accounts of the lives of the two masters of the ancient world, Augustine of Hippo and Patrick of Ireland, and their differences in theology and practice dominated the narrative. There were significant differences between the church and the Roman Catholic church, including the leadership positions of Irish women in the Irsih church. The dispute was resolved at a meeting in Whitby Abbey between the Roman Catholic Church and the Duke of York's church. Fascinating reading, Michael.
   Leave it to the Irish to save mankind
There was a time in the ancient world when Rome ruled most of Europe. The barbarians, for example, were not barbarians at all. The Vatican has also lost a crucial ally - the ancient Christian Church, which controlled the Irish until the Romans invaded. Though the bishop did not participate in Rome's Christian control over the Irish. The barbarians overran the Roman Empire and established a new government in Europe. It was the Irish who out went to change those people and in the process saved civilization, he said. Through the book, you will find the people, places and events that made the difference.
   A beautiful and inspiring read
The book starts very slow with the fall of Rome and a way to long compare the literary achievements of the Greco-Roman world and the Celtic tribes. It continues with the remarkable life of St. Patrick and the impact of Christianity on Ireland, culminating with the great efforts of the Irish monks to preserve and spread as much knowledge as possible throughout Europe. In a time when the ancient world collapsed and the West was ruled by barbarians, the first centers of learning were being founded by these wonderous monks. Another example of how libraries can survive is the emergence of the first one in its history, a small collection of manuscripts housed in the Abbey of St. Gall in Switzerland. After illustrating this role of the pivotal Irish missionaries, the book concludes with the challenges and hardships that Ireland faced in the coming centuries and an ode to Irish culture and resilience. It's a journey.
   Great piece of History most don't know about
It's great to be back home, said Dr. Goin. I'm delighted the writer kept your attention.