How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill
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How the Irish Saved Civilization

Author: Thomas Cahill

Series: The Hinges of History

Narrator: Donal Donnelly

Unabridged: 8 hr 1 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 07/05/2000

Genre: History - Europe - Ireland


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.

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AudiobooksNow review by Dutch on 2008-10-06 17:07:56

Cahill has only one point to make: Irish monasteries developed a talent for copying texts and did so during the early Dark Ages, thereby saving many classical texts from oblivion. There. That's the book. But Cahill needs to pad it out, so he spends many, Many pages telling us what is in the books copied by the monks and why those texts were worth saving. So if you want to hear a treatise on classical and early Christian philosophy, you may find this less tedious than I did.

AudiobooksNow review by Debra on 2009-05-01 09:16:21

This may be an excellent book on CD for all I know but honestly, I didn't give it a chance. I found myself bored from the start. zzzzzzzzzzz Returned before I finished the first disc.

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