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Posted: 12-Sep-2005, 08:15 PM
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I just like too much history.I have order many books from amazon to learn more on the celt and on different part of europ.I have choose the pictish,Ireland,Scotland and the celt (earlier to the iron age).Anyone else like history of Europ ?Any recommandations?
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Posted: 13-Sep-2005, 09:46 AM
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Yes -- I recommend How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill.

Here's the little Amazon.com review:

In this delightful and illuminating look into a crucial but little-known "hinge" of history, Thomas Cahill takes us to the "island of saints and scholars," the Ireland of St. Patrick and the Book of Kells. Here, far from the barbarian despoliation of the continent, monks and scribes laboriously, lovingly, even playfully preserved the West's written treasury. When stability returned in Europe, these Irish scholars were instrumental in spreading learning, becoming not only the conservators of civilization, but also the shapers of the medieval mind, putting their unique stamp on Western culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How Real Is History?
I. The End of the World: How Rome Fell - And Why
II. What Was Lost: The Complexities of the Classical Tradition
III. A Shifting World of Darkness: Unholy Ireland
IV. Good News from Far Off: The First Missionary
V. A Solid World of Light: Holy Ireland
VI. What Was Found: How the Irish Saved Civilization
VII. The End of the World: Is There Any Hope?

Pronunciation Guide to Key Irish Words

Bibliographical Sources

Chronology

Acknowledgments

Index



I loved it.
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QUOTE (stoirmeil @ 13-Sep-2005, 09:46 AM)
Yes -- I recommend How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill.


Loreena McKennitt mentions this book on "Words and Music"


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Ooh, I have that book and it is indeed a good one! I LOVE history and have been reading a lot of it lately. For those of you who live in the states and interested in your Scots-Irish heritage, here is a book I would highly recommend:

"Born Fighting, How the Scots-Irish Shaped America" by James Webb! Excellent, excellent book!

Here are three books I would recommend about Scotland's history too.

1. Scotland, The Story of a Nation by Magnus Magnusson
2. Desire Lines by Sir David R Ross
3. Scotland, A Concise History, by Fitzroy MacLean


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This is great if you want to check out something online.

http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/users/irelan.../past/index.htm


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Also "How the Scots Invented the Modern World" by Arthur Herman, which is rather heavy reading but very informative and interesting.


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I recommend

The Encylopedia of Ancient Myth and Culture

The Mark of the Scots: Their Astonishing Contributions to History, Science, Democracy, Literature, and the Arts

and if you don't already have it,

The Mabinogion



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Posted: 30-Jan-2006, 09:41 AM
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and there is always http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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"Britain BC" by Francis Pryor; and
"The Celts" by T.G.E. Powell.


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