Item description for Isle of the Saints: Monastic Settlement and Christian Community in Early Ireland by Lisa M. Bitel...
Isle of the Saints recreates the harsh yet richly spiritual world of medieval Irish monks on the Christian frontier of barbarian Europe. Lisa Bitel draws on accounts of saints' lives written between 800 and 1200 to explain, from the monks' own perspective, the social networks that bound them to one another and to their secular neighbors.
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Studio: Cornell University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.03" Width: 6.07" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Mar 9, 2011
Publisher Cornell University Press
ISBN 0801481570 ISBN13 9780801481574
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More About Lisa M. Bitel
Lisa M. Bitel is Professor of History, University of Southern California. She studied at Harvard University, the National University of Ireland and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Her books include Isle of the Saints: Christian Settlement and Monastic Community in Early Ireland (1990) and Land of Women: Tales of Sex and Gender from Early Ireland (1996), winner of the Byron Caldwell Prize and the James Donnelly Prize.
Lisa M. Bitel currently resides in the state of Kansas. Lisa M. Bitel was born in 1958 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Southern California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Isle of the Saints: Monastic Settlement and Christian Community in Early Ireland?
Excellent Treatment of the World of the Celtic Saints Dec 10, 2002
Bitel draws upon a rich literary history of the Celtic saints and monastics to explain just how Irish society was formed by this interaction and also helped shape Irish Christianity. She is very diligent about her use of primary sources and does an excellent job supporting her thesis. In a sense, it was the early Irish monastics that shaped the very culture around them. The culture became so integrated that even the ancient holy pagan sites were adopted into Celtic Christianity. It is a must read for anyone interested in Irish Christianity. However, there is not a lot in this book about the spirituality of the saints and their wonderful method of evangelism among the Irish. It takes more of a sociological attempt to explain how Ireland became Christian. Overall a great work.
Irish Saints Jan 20, 2002
I did my senior seminar on early Ireland and appreciated this book. It is a good resource but not the best one in my honest opinion.