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by Katharine Scherman

eBook The Flowering of Ireland: Saints, Scholars, and Kings download ISBN: 0316772844
Author: Katharine Scherman
Publisher: Little Brown & Co; 1st edition (June 1, 1981)
Language: English
Pages: 368
ePub: 1132 kb
Fb2: 1944 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Category: Christian Books
Subcategory: Catholicism

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Results from Google Books. Cons: author presents as extremely biased in favor of nearly all the historical figures she writes about (particularly the Irish); all photos are black-and-white.

The Flowering of Ireland" brings to life that radiant, singular era . Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read.

The Flowering of Ireland" brings to life that radiant, singular era between the fifth and twelfth centuries when Ireland became the repository if not the savior of classical Western civilization  .

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Discusses the history and mythology of Ireland during the Dark Ages, when the country became a repository of classical Western culture and civilization, beginning with the origins of Christianity in Ireland. ISBN13:9780760701263. Release Date:January 1996.

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Written by. Katharine Scherman. Manufacturer: Little Brown & Co (T) Release date: 1 June 1981 ISBN-10 : 0316772844 ISBN-13: 9780316772846.

The Flowering of. Ireland; Saints, Scholars, and Kings" by Katherine Scherman. It's the book that got me hooked on Ireland, its history and culture. Better than "How the Irish Saved Civilization". Legends in the Landscape Pocket Guide to Árainn. Inis Mór, Aran Islands by Dara Ó Maoildhia. I have a personal and growing collection of the early travel writers. Those who traversed the country from the 1800s onwards.

Scherman begins with the Stone Age and goes up to the Norman Conquest. Scherman ""concentrates"" on the period from the 8th through the 12th century . In between she covers the prehistoric ruins of Newgrange and Carrowkeel, La Tène Celtic culture, the Ulster Cycle of heroic tales, the Brehon Laws, the Tuatha De Danann (pagan gods), the coming of Christianity, Irish monasticism, the poetry, theology, architecture, illuminated manuscripts of the early Middle Ages, the Viking invasions, et. etc.

There are many other more modern pieces on Ireland, but I prefer nothing later than Middle Ages and before Britain laid claim to this land.

She authored ten books, the first in 1954 and the last in 1987. History of Ireland 5th to 12th centuries. The Slave Who Freed Haiti: The Story of Toussaint Louverture (juvenile), 1954. The Birth of France: Warriors, Bishops, and Long-Haired Kings. A history of the Merovingian kings of France. Books Of The Times", from The New York Times, July 21, 1981. Contemporary Authors, Gale, 2006.

Discusses the history and mythology of Ireland during the Dark Ages, when the country became a repository of classical Western culture and civilization, beginning with the origins of Christianity in Ireland
Comments: (4)
Hra
I love this book about the ancient Irish saints and scholars who saved Europe from the Dark Ages. I checked it out from my local public library many times over the years, but when I went back to reference it, they had taken it out of circulation and I was so sad that I ordered it from Amazon and waited anxiously for weeks for it to arrive. Now I get to keep it. ;)
Malalrajas
This highly intelligent, scholarly and yet warm and very readable book traces the extraordinary artistic, scholarly and spiritual life of Ireland between the 5th and 12th centuries. One quarter of the book is dedicated to interesting exploration of the lives/myths/ influences of those saints who were so essential to the glorious flowering of Celtic Christian culture. Katharine Scherman takes delight in her subject, and her thoughtful, original mind, never dry or tedious, has created an enduring classic for the Celtophile.
September
I found Katharine Scherman's "The Flowering of Ireland" for sale at our local library in the second hand shop. What a lucky find this was! Though the book has a dated feel (it was first published in 1981) and look about it (all the photos are black and white), as I began reading, I felt that I was encountering a mind and person who really understood and enjoyed the themes of the Celtic world.

Take for example Scherman's reason for writing this book. Why did the first Celtic monks leave the comforts of home? It was not for earthly treasure or colonizing new territories. Rather "they were looking for grace, which is a state of mind" (xiii).

And later there is this fascinating comment:

"Ireland's legion of holy men and women, the luminous quality of whose piety, learning and imagination inspirited the Western world for more than six hundred years, were most of them anonymous. Even many of the saints whose names still shine over the dimness of the centuries are probably composite personalities"(9).

That was an interesting comment, "composite personalities" which may in fact explain why so many of the figures were larger than life.

This is a wonderful book, written years before Celtomania hit the scene. In many ways a forerunner to Thomas Cahill's "How the Irish Saved Civilization" but in many respects a deeper study.
Mr.jeka
I suffered a bit of staggerment when I saw there were no reviews of this excellent book. So, I find myself a bit unprepared and with little time on my hands. Suffice to say that Scherman's effort is far better than Cahill's in just about every category. Still, I think the definitive tome on this topic has yet to be written.