How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe

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


the correct St. Patrick's Day present, and a e-book within the most sensible culture of well known heritage -- the untold tale of Ireland's position in protecting Western tradition whereas the darkish a long time settled on Europe.

Every yr thousands of american citizens rejoice St. Patrick's Day, yet they won't concentrate on how nice a power St. Patrick used to be at the next background of civilization. not just did he carry Christianity to eire, he instilled a feeling of literacy and studying that may create the stipulations that allowed eire to turn into "the isle of saints and scholars" -- and therefore defend Western tradition whereas Europe used to be being overrun by way of barbarians.

In this enjoyable and compelling narrative, Thomas Cahill tells the tale of ways Europe developed from the classical age of Rome to the medieval period. with no eire, the transition couldn't have taken position. not just did Irish clergymen and scribes continue the very checklist of Western civilization -- copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, either pagan and Christian, whereas libraries and studying at the continent have been ceaselessly misplaced -- they introduced their uniquely Irish world-view to the task.

As Cahill delightfully illustrates, lots of the liveliness we go together with medieval tradition has its roots in eire. whilst the seeds of tradition have been replanted at the ecu continent, it was once from eire that they have been germinated.

In the culture of Barbara Tuchman's A far away Mirror, How The Irish kept Civilization reconstructs an period that few learn about yet that's vital to knowing our earlier and our cultural historical past. however it conveys its wisdom with a winking wit that aptly captures the sensibility of the unsung Irish who relaunched civilization.

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