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Sun Dancing - A Medieval Vision

Sun Dancing - A Medieval Vision

Geoffrey Moorhouse

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An impressive history of monastic life on Skellig Michael island off the south west coast of Ireland from AD 500 to 1200

Skellig Micheál island off the southwest coast of Ireland is uninhabited and inhospitable today. And yet it was once upon a time, from the sixth to the thirteenth century, the home to a Celtic monastic community.

The story of this community and life on the island is brought to life by this creative book. In this remarkable and refreshing feat of imagination and reconstruction Geoffrey Moorhouse shows how this community worshipped and survived from c500 to 1200AD. The book is in two parts. The first is a fictionalised account of the lives of the monks, from their arrival through to their departure centuries later.

The second part is a collection of short essays describing the many features of medieval monastic life. Topics covered include the conversion of the Irish to Christianity, Celtic monasticism, lives of early saints and scholars, wildlife and more recent history of the Skelligs.

This book is a must for anyone interested in Celtic life and spirituality. An earlier edition of this book was shortlisted for the Booker in 1997. 'Facinating... an audacious achievement' The Guardian

Additional Information

Author Geoffrey Moorhouse
Publisher The Collins Press
Publication date 1 Jun 2009
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781848890046

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