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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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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1000-1600 AD    -   0-1000 AD History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Irish

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Catholics! Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy    -   Germany    -   England/UK

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   3 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   7 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   encouraged How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on the people/nation level How much romance?    -   1 () Is book humorous?    -   Yes How much humor?    -   2 () If humorous, kind of humor    -   eccentric personalities    -   gentle humor Minor characters feature lots of:    -   military Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None Length of book    -   250-300 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   3 ()

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