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Sun Dancing Life in a Medieval Irish Monastery and How Celtic Spirituality Influenced the World

ISBN-10: 0156006022

ISBN-13: 9780156006026

Edition: N/A

Authors: Geoffrey Moorhouse

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Visible 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 details

List price: $17.95
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 3/11/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Author's Note
The Tradition
AD 588
AD 670
AD 780
AD 824
AD 950
AD 1044
AD 1222
The Evidence
Fionan
Peregrinatio
Pagans and Christians
St. Patrick
Brendan the Navigator
Irish Monasticism
Book Illustration
The Scoti
Antony and Cassian
The Desert Fathers
St. Antony in Art
The Irish Kings and Tara
Three Martyrdoms
The Curach
Fasting
Monastic Dress
The Gallican Creed
Skellig Michael
Nature Worship
The World View
The Buildings
Soul-friends
The Monastic Horarium
Cu Chulainn
Two Tonsures
The Synod of Whitby
Columcille and Iona
Mingled Traditions
Monastic Feuds
Penance
Sin
Poverty and Sickness
The Vikings
Celtic Metalwork
Skellig Birdlife
The Dancing Sun
The Irish Annals
Brian Boru
Olaf Tryggvason
The Culdees
Giraldus Cambrensis
The Hermitage
Origen
The Bestiaries
Hubris
The Withdrawal
St. Benedict's Rule
Ballinskelligs and the Arroasians
Unanswered Questions
A Bibliography