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Free download â How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Å ❮Epub❯ &#Culture has its roots in Ireland When the seeds of culture were replanted on the European continent it was from Ireland that they were germinatedIn 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 civilizationPaperback New Arrives sealed ready to gift or add to home library Fulfilled by Prime Shipping eligibl. As the Roman Empire crumbled so too did literacy and libraries suffer By the seventh century however Patrick had converted enough men into being Christians and scribes that many ancient Greek and Roman books were preserved in Ireland even as the originals crumbled elsewhere The preservation of ancient texts is a fascinating theme upon which to relate a history but alas the majority of the book concerns how awesome Plato is Seriously there is a three page uote from Plato followed by a good fifty page digression about what all that philosophy means First off I don't much like Plato his logic is fuzzy and his arguments are based on premises that are easily proven false So telling me that the Irish saved some Plato texts doesn't impress me all that much Plus it seems like many of these texts were saved elsewhere anyway so its not like we would have no ancient philosophy at all without Irish monasteries Second two thirds of this book is a recounting of Greek and Roman philosophy and ways of thinking one third has to do with the conversion of the Irish to Christianity and about three pages actually address scriptoriums and scribes and all the rest of that good stuff Not as advertised I assumed we'd get at least a few pages on how copying out manuscripts actually worked with maybe a little information about early monasteries but Cahill is too busy endlessly telling us how super cool Greek philosophers are to recount any actual scholarship This is particularly frustrating because the little tidbits Cahill does share about early Irish scholars are fascinating the punny poems in margins of manuscripts the fights with European Christians over everything from tonsures to orthodoxy the melding of pagan and Christian ways of thinking into something new and uniue We only get about a sentence on each of these things though and then the book abruptly ends

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Rative 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 the Irish Saved Civilization The MOBI #10003 continent were forever lost they brought their uniuely Irish world view to the taskAs Cahill delightfully illustrates so much of the liveliness we associate with medieval. I do get why this book on How the Irish Saved Civilization was a bestseller Not only is it the perfect gift for St Patrick's Day it is entertaining and readable But I also found it superficial and not reliable It may be the contrast with some really fine histories and biographies I've read lately but several things in this book made it suspect to me Cahill isn't a historian The short biography at the end says only that he has a MFA in Film and Dramatic Literature and that he has studied theology His pro Catholic bias is notable throughout He even takes gratuitous slams at Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses I don't claim a writer of a solid history has to be a historian some of those great histories and biographies recently read were by journalists And all writers have their take from conservative to Marxist that are evident to me But notably the good ones whatever their background or worldview have pages of sources and notes to back up their claims this didn't But the reason I ended up feeling the book was dubious was the actual content starting with the title and the very premise Irish monks saved civilization by preserving classical literature Other reviewers have pointed out that the Western world isn't the whole of civilization Even as Cahill at one point conflates the whole of the civilized world with the Roman Empire What about China for instance And others preserved the old Latin learning Not just in Europe the Eastern Roman Empire remained in existence until 1453 Cahill though claims the Irish were liberal in what they copied than those on the continent And of the Eastern Romans he claimed that the literature of ancient Greece were well enough preserved at Byzantium but Latin literature would almost certainly surely have been lost without the Irish I find that hard to credit They didn't read Vergil at ConstantinopleI think part of why I also find it hard to swallow his encomium to Christianity as a preserver of classical Greek and Roman civilization is that it also did so much to destroy it One poignant illustration of that is the fate of the works of Sappho Cahill himself notes that among the treasures of antiuity lost were almost all her poetry What he doesn't tell you is that her poems were preserved until nearly AD 1000 at least according to A Book of Woman Poets when a wrathful church destroyed whatever it could find In 1073 her writings were publicly burned in Rome and Constantinople by order of Pope Gregory VIII So I guess I wonder why is it these great gift givers of civilization didn't preserve her for usBut Cahill doesn't give me a good answer for this especially because so little of the book even focuses on that part of the story We don't get to Ireland at all until Part III starting on page 71 The section that tells us how the Irish saved this learning doesn't begin until Part VI on page 145 in a book of 218 pages Between that we get a biography of St Patrick who Cahill claimed was the first human being in the history of the world to speak out uneuivocally against slavery And he'd be wrong by nearly a millennium look up the Cyrus Cylinder called the first charter of human rights from the Persian king who ended the Jewish Babylonian exile a biblical scholar such as Cahill should know better Other things irked me Particularly the comparison of the barbarian hordes that destroyed Rome to the Mexicans Haitians and other dispossessed peoples seeking illegal entry to the United States It's a point he repeats at the end and seemed all the ironic considering Cahill's condemnation of the prejudice their fellow Catholics the Irish experienced in America It's not that there weren't interesting points in the book I'd like to read about Such as the case for Augustine's Confessions as the first real autobiography and story of a soul and the indomitable Brigid of Kildare an abbess with the power of a bishop Cahill might even be right in his take on history but I didn't find the case presented in his book convincing

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How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval EuropeEvery year millions Irish Saved Epub #221 of Americans celebrate St Patrick's Day but they may not be aware of how great an influence St Patrick was on How the Epubthe subseuent history of civilization Not only did he bring Christianity to Ireland he instilled a sense of literacy and learning that would create the the Irish Saved ePUB #180 conditions that allowed Ireland to become the isle of saints and scholars and thus preserve Western culture while Europe was being overrun by barbariansIn this the Irish Saved Civilization The MOBI #10003 entertaining and compelling nar. This was awful Many reviews say things like charming and pleasant but I thought it was tedious and meandering Not all history has to be chronological; there's interesting stuff in here but it's too long with details of Roman society Also the author writes like a blow hard and interjects things like Alas and Dear Reader and It is up to the reader to decide That kind of stuff irritates me to no endSearching for info online I found references that refute much of what the author posits including info about St Patrick Granted the author in tedious and blow harded notes acknowledges that no one can say exactly what happened but he's disguising mythology and folklore as truth