Life in a Medieval Irish Monastery and How Celtic Spirituality Influenced the World
By (author) Geoffrey Moorhouse
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Sun Dancing by Geoffrey Moorhouse
Book DescriptionVisible on a clear day off the west coast of Ireland, the Skellig Islands, a cluster of cruel rocks, rise spectacularly from the Atlantic Ocean. A sanctuary to birds and seals today, for over six hundred years during the middle ages it was a center for a particularly intense form of monastic life, one that acclaimed writer Geoffrey Moorhouse explores with utmost fascination, scholarship, and imagination in Sun Dancing. A must read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Celtic spirituality, Moorhouse's lively narrative is a superbly imagined account of the monks' isolated life-the spiritual struggles and triumphs and unbelievable physical hardships. To complement and enrich the book, Moorhouse establishes the historical context of Irish monasticism and describes the monks' influence and undeniable role in preserving western civilization, as well as unexpected connections between medieval Ireland and India, Egypt, and Byzantium, and the surviving impact of pagan mythology. An entertaining and enlightening work, Sun Dancing makes medieval Ireland come alive.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780156006026
Paperback / softback
(203mm x 127mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Mariner Books
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publish Date: 11-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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The title refers to the belief that the sun dances for joy at dawn on Easter Sunday. This is a part-fictional, part-factual account describing medieval monastic life on Skellig Michael, beginning with the monks' arrival on the Great Skellig. The second part is a collection of short essays setting out the evidence for the detail in the first part.
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