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A wonderfully imaginative book. --The Times
Fascinating…an audacious achievement. --Guardian
Hugely impressive history of monastic life. --Sunday Tribune -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
About the Author
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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If you are interested in the rise (and decline) of Celtic Christianity, and discovering what it might have been like to be a medieval Celtic monk during the period from CE 588 to CE 1222 -- let this book be your guide.
This is no dry, academic tome. Using known evidence as a base, Moorhouse first gives a series of fictional vignettes spanning Skellig Michael's 800 years as a monastery, and follows it with fifty short chapters detailing a comphrehensive coverage of the historical period on which the fiction was based.
Church traditions, Irish mythology, the Viking raids, internal politics, the lives of various saints, Celtic art and Irish history, this is learning and discovery made easy. The blurb rightly describes it as a "remarkable feat of imagination and reconstruction".
It's also a very good read!