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

By Thomas Cahill (Author)
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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 ageof 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 centralto 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.Reveals the pivotal role played by the monks and scribes of Ireland in the development of Western culture and history

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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.

Citations And Professional Reviews
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1144
  • New York Times - 03/17/1996 page 32
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1995 page 148
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 883
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/19/1996
  • Library Journal - 08/01/1999
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 904


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Anchor
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 1996
Publisher   Anchor
ISBN  0385418493  
ISBN13  9780385418492  


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More About Thomas Cahill


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! THOMAS CAHILL is the author of five volumes in the Hinges of History series: How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gifts of the Jews, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, and Mysteries of the Middle Ages. They have been bestsellers not only in the United States but also in countries ranging from Italy to Brazil. He and his wife, Susan, also a writer, divide their time between New York City and Rome."

Thomas Cahill currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

Thomas Cahill has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Hinges of History


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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > History > Ancient > Early Civilization
2Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Ireland > General
3Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Ireland > Medieval
4Books > Subjects > History > World > General
5Books > Subjects > History > World



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Reviews - What do customers think about How the Irish Saved Civilization?

Crazy Celts kept classics carefully copied  May 26, 2008
God bless the Irish for preserving so much ancient learning and for promoting the art of story telling in poems, prose, and songs. Great read by Thomas Cahill. Especially recommend the parts with Cuchulainn and his "warp spasm." Can be read in a short time.
 
IN CAHILL'S DREAMS !  May 19, 2008
I read this book because my ammy Steve Guardala so passionately despises it and I wanted to see why. Now I know.

This is some of the worst celtophile propaganda I ever read. It's pure romanticism. Cahill proves nothing, and is unable to one item of history, science, literature SAVED by Irish monks.

Cahill makes unprofessional claims like the Germans destroyed everything.
Cahill is another Irish, Irish-American author pushing Celtophile historical reviionism claiming that it was the Irish and not the Romans or the Byzantines or the Franks or the Muslims who saved so much intellectual, religious or literary heritage.

Avoid this book.
 
perfect title, entertaining read  May 12, 2008
The title gives a good feel for the tone of the book. It's clever, informative, and very entertaining. You learn without feeling like you hit the history books, and you're left thinking about lessons for the future -- the most important reason to look back at the past.

Very much enjoyed it.
 
how the irish saved civilization  May 8, 2008
Excellent service. Prompt delivery. A used book but in even better condition than described
 
let's get real  Apr 2, 2008
This book accomplishes what it sets out to do, in my mind. It opens a whole new perspective on a distinct subject in history that would be otherwise unknown or inaccessible to many, including myself. I think the author understands his audience quite well, and keeps things bearable, interesting and understandable. I don't think it's pretentious or sloppy or any of the other slams it's receiving here. It's simply a well written, informative, compact, concise, entertaining window into a...."hinge" of history most of us never considered. Cahill is articulate, energetic and passionate. He has breathed life into this slice of history and has done so in a richly informative manner. it this work contained all that some feel it needs, it would be nothing more than a rambling and boring list of facts, which it's not.

If I were looking for extensive commentary so I too can become an expert on the vast sweep of recorded written history I think I might need more material than this little book can offer. This is the kind of work that gets a person, especially a young person, interested in such things in the first place.

Walking away, I now have the base of knowledge and interest to look into some of the many interesting people, places, cultures and societies that I never really contemplated or realized existed. That's what I take away from this work, and in that, I found it an excellent choice.

i just think some of the reviews of this book are absolutely ridiculous. if anyone can point me to a better history covering all the ground this book does, in this few pages, i'll delete this review.
 

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