Most was an overview of the Roman Empire, and the monks who inhabited Ireland and copied the history and literature of the Romans and Greeks. Frank Delaney, Narrated by: Thomas Cahill, England's Role in Ireland's Greatest Tragedy, By: By: By: The stories of the Romans, Greeks and barbarians are necessary to understand just how (and why) the Irish managed to save the written texts and thus the history of a great deal of what is now Europe. Liam Neeson's reading is excellent, his smooth resonant voice lending clarity and understanding to the text. By: I own this entire series and enjoy this book a great deal, Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2017. 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. It is a book I will come back to and read again. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe. Any difficult aspects of history - such as the fact that were two "Saint Patricks" and not just the one, are either ignored or mentioned only to be dismissed. Babylon). Did his influence in fact change the world? Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city. Tracing the origin of Greek culture in the migrations of armed Indo-European horsemen into Attica and the Peloponnesian peninsula, he follows their progress into the creation of the Greek city-states, the refinement of their machinery of war, and the flowering of intellectual and artistic culture. There was a time in the distant past where Rome ruled most of Europe. By: Irish monks saved many of our now most precious Latin and Greek ancient texts, recopied them and preserved them. 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. It's an affront to Neeson and Cahill. What disappointed you about How the Irish Saved Civilization? The narration was either very uneven or SOOOO SLOW and PONDEROUS that I quickly drifted off. I assume that's not the case because the sound engineers would have compensated for that. Now, in the critically acclaimed and others. It is also more open to balanced examination now - at the end of its long war in the north of Ireland - than it was even a few years ago. Many political and cultural events sent shock waves through the Irish world in the 19th and early 20th centuries as Ireland gradually shook off the shackles of British rule. Richard English. Tim Pat Coogan, Narrated by: Note to author, make sure you hire a narrator who can speak clearly. In what the Boston Globe calls "his greatest achievement", Coogan shows how the British government hid behind the smoke screen of laissez faire economics, the invocation of divine providence, and a carefully orchestrated publicity campaign, allowing more than a million people to die agonizing deaths and driving a further million into emigration. He has a way of using odd gaps in phrasing and a rather pompous delivery. You will have a whole new regard for the contributions of the "Emerald Isle.". By: Maurice Walsh. I will read the paperback I have tucked away in my bedside table. But it conveys its knowledge with a winking wit that aptly captures the sensibility of the unsung Irish who relaunched civilization. Roger Clark, By: Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 28, 2018. Mike Cronin, Narrated by: John Lee, Narrated by: Christianity, which was controlled by Rome has entered the domain of the Irish. Mike Cronin, Narrated by: Tim Pat Coogan. It seems to glorify Ireland to no end, and feels more like propaganda than actual history. Here’s why Ireland was the Isle of Saints and Scholars. Unable to add item to List.

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