The Early Irish and Anglo-Saxon Monks and the Rebirth of Learning

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The Early Irish and Anglo-Saxon Monks and the Rebirth of Learning

<p>Following the fall of the Roman Empire, Western Europe was overrun by invading Germanic tribes, with the exception of Ireland. Starting in the 500’s it was the missionary work of Irish monks and

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Following the fall of the Roman Empire, Western Europe was overrun by invading Germanic tribes, with the exception of Ireland. Starting in the 500’s it was the missionary work of Irish monks and their Anglo Saxon pupils, which re-Christianised many parts of Western Europe and resulted in an Anglo Saxon monk becoming patron saint of Germany. Discover how they recommenced learning in Scotland, England, Switzerland, Germany, Bohemia, northern Italy and even as far as Kiev in Russia. They sparked the Carolingian Renaissance commencing with Alcuin, an Anglo Saxon monk at Charlemagne’s capital in Aachen. This illustrated talk covers their story.


SUGGESTED READING

  • How the Irish Saved Civilisation, Thomas Cahill; Hodder & Stoughton 1995
  • The Irish in Early Medieval Europe: Identity, Culture and Religion, Flechner, Roy; Palgrave Macmillan 2016
  • Finn and Hengest – The fragment and the episode, Tolkien, J.R.R. (1982). London: George Allen & Unwin