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Sun Dancing: A Medieval Vision: The Rock Paperback – 19 Jun 1998

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (19 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753801574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753801574
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 1.7 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,419,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wonderfully imaginative book. --The Times

Fascinating…an audacious achievement. --Guardian

Hugely impressive history of monastic life. --Sunday Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Geoffrey Moorhouse was ¿one of the best writers of our time¿ (Byron Rogers, The Times), ¿a brilliant historian¿ (Dirk Bogarde, Daily Telegraph) and ¿a writer whose gifts are beyond category¿ (Jan Morris, Independent on Sunday). He wrote over twenty books, on subjects ranging from travel and spirituality to cricket and rugby league. In 1982 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His To the Frontier won the Thomas Cook Award for the best travel book of its year in 1984. More recently he concentrated on Tudor history, notably with THE PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE and, in 2005, GREAT HARRY'S NAVY. He died in November 2009.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about the rock of Skellig Mhichel, where between c500 and 1200AD Irish monks eked out a precarious existence. The author has covered the island's story in a number of chapters which are factional- he has imagined fictional situations and characters based on what little is known of the island from original sources. Other chapters give the facts about the island- about Celtic monasticism, the Anchorites and the island's wildlife etc. These can be read seperately or as footnotes to the fictional chapters. I enjoyed this book when I read it and it tries to capture the spirtuality of the monks, what they believed in, how they came to be on the rock and so on. The title is also explained in one of the chapters but I won't spoil the story for you! My favourite chapter dealt with the Culdee- a member of a strict 11th C order- who visits the island and sets himself up away from the monks. In his attempt to get closer to God he literally experiences a great fall.
Alex Drysdale
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Howard on 21 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first 100 pages or so are a novel, charting a series of fictional characters through the centuries of life on Skellig Island. A real page turner. The second part of the book is a series of essays supporting the fiction - very interesting. Overall, a captivating read; I'd been inspired to learn more about the Skellig Islands after visiting the Ring of Kerry and this book really brought them to life. Highly recommended.
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This is a very different kind of book on a topic that uses history, religion and imagination. Moorhouse draws from many sources and produces an easy to read book on a subject that he actually loves. In someways this medieval vision is timeless like the unique Skellig or indeed the entire area of South West Kerry i.e. the Iveragh Peninsula. I liked this book and strongly suggest anyone with a liking for this subject should purchase.
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