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How The Irish Saved Civilizati : Hinges of History - Thomas Cahill

How The Irish Saved Civilizati

Hinges of History

Paperback Published: 1st March 1996
ISBN: 9780385418492
Number Of Pages: 256

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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.

Industry Reviews

"Charming and poetic...an entirely engaging, delectable voyage into th edistant past, a small treasure." --The New York Times "A lovely and engrossing tale . . . Graceful and instructive." --Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

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

For you with your Irish Heritage.


A brilliantly intelligent and entertaining book.

Dandenong Australia


How the Irish Saved Civilisation

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Introduction: How Real Is History?p. 1
The End of the World: How Rome Fell - And Whyp. 9
What Was Lost: The Complexities of the Classical Traditionp. 33
A Shifting World of Darkness: Unholy Irelandp. 69
Good News from Far Off: The First Missionaryp. 99
A Solid World of Light: Holy Irelandp. 121
What Was Found: How the Irish Saved Civilizationp. 145
The End of the World: Is There Any Hope?p. 197
Pronunciation Guide to Key Irish Wordsp. 219
Bibliographical Sourcesp. 221
Chronologyp. 231
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780385418492
ISBN-10: 0385418493
Series: Hinges of History
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 1996
Publisher: ANCHOR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1

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