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.
From Publishers Weekly
An account of the pivotal role played by Irish monks
in transcribing and preserving Classical civilization during the
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