|Plot Summary of How the Irish Saved Civilization|
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.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of How the Irish Saved Civilization|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kind Of History
Time of history:
- 1000-1600 AD
- 0-1000 AD
History of a people?
Subjects of this Historical Account
Religion? (if plays a major part)
Ethnicity (if plays a major part)
Is the portrayal sympathetic?
- Somewhat sympathetic
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...
How much focus on stories of individuals?
- Focuses mostly on the people/nation level
How much romance?
- 1 ()
Is book humorous?
How much humor?
- 2 ()
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
- gentle humor
Minor characters feature lots of:
Length of book
- 250-300 pages
How much emphasis on small details?
- 3 ()
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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