Sun Dancing: A Vision of Medieval Ireland

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Harcourt Brace, 1999 - Fiction - 284 pages
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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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Review: Sun Dancing: Life in a Medieval Irish Monastery and How Celtic Spirituality Influenced the World

User Review  - Stephanie Knecht - Goodreads

This is a very good read. The stories in the first half provide an easy way to understand Irish monastic life before 1300 CE. The second half provides more in depth information about the ideas and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Monica - Goodreads

A unique read a meld of real and imagined history bringing a peek into a world that greatly influenced Western culture. Read full review

About the author (1999)

Geoffrey Moorhouse is the author of nineteen books, including Calcutta, Imperial City, and Hell's Foundations. He was chief features writer at the Manchester Guardian for twelve years, until 1970. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in North Yorkshire, England.

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