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How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (The Hinges of History)
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    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. When stability returned in Europe, these Irish scholars were instrumental in spreading learning,
    becoming not only the conservators of civilization, but also the shapers of the medieval mind, putting their unique
    stamp on Western culture.

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    From Publishers Weekly

    An account of the pivotal role played by Irish monks in transcribing and preserving Classical civilization
    during the Dark Ages.
    Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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