Between the fall of Rome and the rise of Charlemagne, a period known to most Western scholars and the public as "the Dark Ages," much of the knowledge and wisdom of the West -- from Judeo-Christian works to Greek and Roman classics -- might have been lost forever if it had not been for the work of a small group of men and women on a relatively small but unconquered island west of Europe. The author describes the real St. Patrick and the unsong monks and scribes who managed to preserve much of the Western world's written treasures while a curtain of barbarism descended across the continent. Short, charming, and very enlightening.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus