How the Irish Saved Civilization: the untold story of ireland's heroic role from the fall of rome to the rise of medieval europe

Book Cover
Average Rating
NoveList Series:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
More than a year on the New York Times best-seller list, this remarkable audiobook will challenge your preconceptions of the Dark Ages. Written by internationally-acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill, it paints an accessible and revealing portrait of medieval times. As Europe reaches intellectual stagnation and decline, Ireland bursts forth as a vigorous haven of scholarship in its first century of literacy. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.

No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!

Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work IDf272dae6-f435-642d-75e4-1e0a1664e39b
Grouping Titlehow the irish saved civilization the untold story of irelands heroic role from the fall of rome to the rise of medieval europe
Grouping Authorthomas cahill
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2022-01-19 04:40:39AM
Last Indexed2022-01-19 05:05:44AM
Novelist Primary ISBNnone

Solr Details

auth_author2Donnelly, Donal
authorCahill, Thomas
author2-roleDonnelly, Donal.|Narrator
hoopla digital
author_displayCahill, Thomas
available_at_addisonOnline OverDrive Collection
detailed_location_addisonOnline Hoopla Collection
Online OverDrive Collection
display_descriptionThe 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.

BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Thomas Cahill's Heretics and Heroes.
format_category_addisonAudio Books
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocation
overdrive:a7218722-0168-4b36-9610-2f7ef6560679-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook2falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadAvailable Online
overdrive:a7218722-0168-4b36-9610-2f7ef65606791Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook0falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadAvailable Online
hoopla:MWT13535320Online Hoopla CollectionOnline HooplaeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueHoopla Online
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_addisonOnline OverDrive
owning_library_addisonAddison Public Library Online
owning_location_addisonOnline OverDrive Collection
publisherKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Recorded Books, Inc.,
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical DescriptionAbridged
overdrive:a7218722-0168-4b36-9610-2f7ef6560679eBookeBookEnglishKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group2010
hoopla:MWT13535320eAudiobookAudio BooksUnabridgedEnglishRecorded Books, Inc.20151 online resource (1 audio file (8hr., 02 min.)) : digital.
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:a7218722-0168-4b36-9610-2f7ef6560679-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse
overdrive:a7218722-0168-4b36-9610-2f7ef65606791Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
hoopla:MWT13535320Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruefalsefalsefalsefalse
seriesRecorded Books Evergreen
series_with_volumeRecorded Books Evergreen|
title_displayHow the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe
title_fullHow the Irish Saved Civilization The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe
How the irish saved civilization : the untold story of ireland's heroic role from the fall of rome to the rise of medieval europe [electronic resource] / Thomas Cahill
title_shortHow the Irish Saved Civilization
title_subthe untold story of ireland's heroic role from the fall of rome to the rise of medieval europe
Religion & Spirituality