Thomas Cahill is a talented author who wrote How the Irish Saved Civilization. Basically, he opens this famous story by describing the fall of Rome. The main theme of this book is the idea that the scribes managed to do something really unique because they saved the entire civilization, and this aspect is considered not from the point of view of the masses of people, but from the literature content, an important part of any classical civilization.
The history of Rome’s fall and medieval times includes a number of interesting and important characters, such as Patrick and Augustine. The latter one’s faith is based on Roman Christianity, while Patrick was the slave turned into the Cristian who escaped only to come back to convert into the Irish. Actually, he was the first missionary to barbarians beyond Greco-Roman laws and he did his best to look into the hearts of other people.
Cahill also describes Ireland as the only land where Christianity was introduced without any violence because there were no murdered of Irish martyrs. Besides, he discusses the development of monasteries in this region and their further spread to Iona and beyond Collumcille and his so-called white martyr followers. This growth continued as Columbanus established the first Irish-Italian monastery where monks kept praying.
Between these important historical figures, Irish monasteries were also established in such countries as Italy, England, France, and so on. From a historical point of view, Irish people were not credited with any huge role at that time so that the main purpose of Cahill when writing this book us to prove his stance that the culture and society of that period had its important roots in Ireland. That’s why he states that Ireland had a position to become the publisher of Europe at copying and peace.
Saxons also blocked roots to the English mainland, while new and illiterate Europe was rising from the ruins of Rome. Ireland would reconnect with other European countries with its own past through its scribal hands. In conclusion, these monasteries turned into major centers of learning, so they were the presumable predecessors of modern universities and other educational facilities of that kind. There are many valuable parts of Cahill’s book, especially when the author makes a comparison of Patrick and Augustine, so it’s definitely worth reading.
Thomas Cahill is a talented author who wrote How the Irish Saved Civilization. Basically, he opens this famous story by describing the fall of Rome.