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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 Europe Read & download ì 102 Ð ❴Epub❵ ❦ How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story oNg 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 the Irish Saved Civilization The PDFEPUBcontinent 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've noticed that history books on Goodreads are often given lower star ratings by people who are upset to find that the author was using information to present a cohesive thesis rather than providing an unbiased account Although it is right to bring up slant in evaluating the truth of a thesis it's somewhat sad to see these complaints for Cahill's defense of pre Joycean Irish civilization when one of Cahill's major arguments is that biased English historians prevented any appreciation of Irish civilization in the past I haven't read enough on Irish history to know if Cahill's desire to show an unblemished era of Irish greatness allows him to present Ireland entirely falsely but I can't help thinking that even if it does it's about time that the early Christian Irish get a book slanted towards themAnd though I want to give Cahill and his peaceful practically polytheistic Christians as much chance to greatness as I can I will admit that Cahill is at least exaggerating the title The Irish didn't exactly Save Civilization; they saved Latin writing of the pre Christian Roman Empire thus allowing us to read Cicero and Seneca today Cahill to his credit seems to use that contribution of the Irish as only a part of his claim for an Irish golden age The Irish's greatest contribution to civilization he argues was their counter Augustinian Christianity In the Irish hey day St Patrick wrote of God's love for all creatures and people despite their foibles the Irish developed universities and brought limited literacy to lay people and Irish missionaries brought their tolerant Christian beliefs and love of writing across EuropeCahill is a gentle writer often stopping to say Let us explore this world a little before we move on and presenting a picture of what life may have been like in the capital in the last century of the Western Roman Empire and in Britain and also in Ireland I particularly enjoyed hearing about the miseries of Roman tax collectors and shepherds all over Cahill is a convincing writer too His version of Irish history may be as compelling for the Irish today as the Christian resurrection was for the Irish of St Patrick's dayI only wish that Cahill had made the book longer and scholarly As fascinating as the epic Tain is it doesn't seem uite right to base the entire view of pre Christian Irish civilization on literary works and the evidence of a sacrifice victimvolunteer in a bog I would have appreciated some archeology riotous debate between scholars who've argued about when human sacrifice in Ireland took place and careful footnotes Most disappointingly Cahill doesn't like to do normal bibliographies; he prefers to write about his favorite sources and hope you'll be encouraged to read them yourself As the book is it's a light history that shows the Irish as a scribal powerhouse of the early mediaeval period

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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 eligible. I'm Irish Don't let my last name Zimmerman fool you I'm the proud son of a guy whose surname unfortunately obscures the fact that my mother of whom I'm also a proud son is 100 percent Irish so assuming my dad has a little Irish in him who doesn't I'm at least 50 percent Not sure why that's so important to me but it is There's a mystiue to Irishness that simply isn't there with other countries of distant origins Ireland is ever green it's charmed and charming thick with thin space So you would think that by now I would have made my pilgrimage there But I haven't; Ireland remains a place of fanciful imagination for me You would also think that by now a proud wannabe Irishman would have read the 1995 national bestseller How the Irish Saved Civilization but again you would be wrong It's been on my shelf for at least fifteen years waiting for me to finally crack the spine and dig into it I'm not sure what kept me otherwise occupied; it might be that my copy has a very distracting manufacturing error on the cover the spot gloss over the title is offset by about an inch or it might be that I have so much time sensitive reading to do that I just left this one slow cooking on the back burner or it may be that I know that calling myself Irish is absurd and vaguely insulting to people who actually are from Ireland so I felt guilty and avoided the uncomfortable feeling Whatever 2012 is the Year of Overdue Books so I swallowed my pride and indulged my self perception and dug in How the Irish Saved Civilization is popular history at its apex Part of a series of audacious arguments from Thomas Cahill The Hinges of History this one observes that the fall of the Roman Empire and the corresponding neglect of the archives of Western Civilization was paralleled by the Christianization of Ireland whose nascent monks saw their calling as twofold with no real opportunity to experience the Red Martyrdom of persecution unto death for their faith the Irish took first to Green Martyrdom or the cloistered life of studying the Scriptures and the works of the early church The prodigality of the Irish mind from p 131 In Patrick's world all beings and events come from the hand of a good God who loves human beings and wishes them success And though that success is of an ultimate kind and therefore does not preclude suffering all nature indeed the whole of the created universe conspires to mankind's good teaching succoring and saving was such that enthusiasm for these early works extended to pagan classics and other ancient culture Irish monks became archivists for the ancient West at a time when Roman civilization could no longer be bothered by its own history its own legacy Simply archiving history wouldn't save civilization of course And the Irish historically were not known for sitting around all day Irish folk history told compellingly by Cahill is lusty and brazen sometimes violent and always earthy painting a portrait of a culture consumed with life Such virility informs monasticism in uniue ways and the Green Martyrs eventually created an outlet for Irish wanderlust with White Martyrdom self surrender that involved taking to sea and going where the waves took you White Martyrs went everywhere some undoubtedly to their death and some of them wound up in Europe where they reintroduced Europe's classics to itself Not only Western civilization's culture was restored but a culture of being cultured was introduced the love of learning and the life of the mind and ethical responsibility that flows from it can be traced back to the missionary efforts of these White Martyrs Thomas Cahill made me want to be Irish not less His writing is elegant and exhilarating; you assume the truth of his absurdist claim that a tiny island in the North Atlantic known mostly for famine fantasy and fatalism gave Western civilization its life and soul back I'm struck by the lessons from Cahill's take on European history for people today invested in the mission of the church There are plenty of parallels between late antiuity and the modern day from the comparable dominance and moral vulnerability of ancient Rome and the contemporary United States to the increasing cultural irrelevance of the Christian church Cahill does a great job of noting the different worldviews of the two great Confessors of the era Bishop Augustine of Hippo and Patrick of Ireland one who developed an intricate and complex theology that over time proved oppressive and confining the other whose theology was informed by and responsive to the people who surrounded it Patrick's Christianity focused as it is on God's good desire for his creation is welcoming than Augustine's which emphasized the fall from grace and led to an emphasis on human depravity and eternal conscious punishment If the church wants to win some it could stand to learn from Patrick's winsome approach From the last paragraph of Cahill's bookPerhaps history is divided into Romans and Catholics or better catholics The Romans are the rich and powerful who run things their way and must always accrue because they instinctively believe that there will never be enough to go around; the catholics as their name implies instinctively believe that all humanity makes one family that every human being is an eual child of God and that God will provide If our civilization is to be saved forget about our civilization which as Patrick would say may pass 'in a moment like a cloud or smoke that is scattered by the wind' if we are to be saved it will not be by Romans but by saints

Summary 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 EuropeEvery year millions Irish Saved PDFEPUB #182 of Americans celebrate St Patrick's Day but they may not be aware of how great an influence St Patrick was on How the ePUB #187 the 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 PDFEPUB #192 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 PDFEPUBentertaining and compelli. 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