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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,497 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Cahill Narrator: Liam Neeson Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 women of unconquered 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 laboriously, lovingly, even playfully preserved the West's written treasury. 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 unique stamp on Western culture.

Thanks to Thomas Cahill, this pivotal era is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mikkee | 2/16/2014

    " This is an excellently written history of Ireland and the Irish people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dan Scott | 2/11/2014

    " I learned to love Patrick reading this book, but lost my children and grandchildren in the process. They moved to Galway. So let the reader beware. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by George | 2/9/2014

    " I had to read this for a quiz in the Medieval European History course I'm taking this semester. Easy & entertaining, although I feel that Cahill sometimes stretches his evidence a bit too much in order to fit his interpretations. Nevertheless, recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Thomas Boyle | 2/8/2014

    " Fascinating story of the emergence of Europe from the Dark Ages assisted by a few Celtic monks. "

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