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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 EuropeEn of unconuered Ireland In this delightful and illuminating look into a crucial but little known hinge of history Thomas Cahill takes us to the island of saints and scholars the Ireland of St Patrick and the Book of Kells Here far from the barbarian despoliation of the continent monks and scribes laborious Though not exactly news to anyone who went to school in Ireland Cahill seems to have an Irish American readership as his target audience particularly given away by his repeated and annoying generalizations about the 'Irish Spirit' and such like what does he mean Jameson or Bushmills? this nevertheless has lots of good stuff in it and the overall argument is strongI particularly liked the early material contrasting the moribund writing of Roman Gallic poet Ausonias with St Augustine and the philospohical and literary revolution ushered in by his Confessions It reads as a great argument in a nutshell for the decline of the Roman Empire and the notion that the artistic output of a given culture can be a true reflection of its inner health or otherwise It is also hard not to share his enjoyment of the lusty heros and heroines of early Celtic Irish literature And finally his descriptions of the bustling worldly monastic centers that were translating and transcribing not only the key texts of Christianity but the epic literature of their native country and the canons of Classical antiuity are remarkable and inspiring

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Download How the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe Doc ó 246 pages ☆ Feedmarkformulate Ü ☉ How the IrishLy lovingly even playfully preserved the west's written treasures With the return of stability in Europe these Irish scholars were instrumental in spreading learning Thus the Irish not only were conservators of civilization but became shapers of the medieval mind putting their uniue stamp on western culture 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

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From the fall of Rome to the rise of Charlemagne the dark ages learning scholarship and culture disappeared from the European continent The great heritage of western civilization from the Greek and Roman classics to Jewish and Christian works would have been utterly lost were it not for the holy men and wom 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