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Lo Saxon England Taking them from their heavenly status to the human level Oxford art historian and BBC presenter Dr Janina Ramirez explores the real lives of. This is an interesting way of tackling Anglo Saxon history Ramirez puts the saints in the cultural and religious context of their time to show the development of Christianity and its influence on politics the arts and everything else Very little is known about some of these characters but it doesn t really matter My one criticism is that the book feels rather padded out in places

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Skulduggery power struggles and politics The Lives of PDFEPUB #235 Private Lives of the Saints offers an original and fascinating re examination of life in Ang. Dr Janina Ramirez now uite well acknowledged as a Television historian and broadcaster over the past decade or so crafts a history of the most well known Anglo Saxon and Celtic Christian Saints starting from the fourth century right up until the eleventh century AD in a period commonly known as the Dark Ages due to a lack of written records of this time a confusing era of British history with very limited sources apart from the venerable Bede and without him we would have less sources to go on Starting with Saint Alban and his martyrdom being an early Christian at a time when Rome was still reveling in its Pagan debauchery the history covers the main pivotal religious events and saintly characters over the next 600 years or so or until the Norman Conuest of 1066 starts to suppress the cults that had grown up with these Saints in England at the very least Dr Ramirez analyses ten main characters during this period who became prominent religious figures in these Isles Alban sacrificing himself for his Christian beliefs in place of another condemned person Brigid from Ireland who apparently was a Pagan figure before Celtic Christianity claimed her Patrick captured as a slave and sent to Ireland but became incredibly pious and a national saint in Ireland after a epiphany he is said to have experienced Pope Gregory the Great for sending Augustine and 12 followers to Britain on a mission to convert the Anglo Saxons away from their entrenched Pagan beliefs it worked gradually Saint Columba from the isle of Iona off the Scottish coast another Celtic Christian Cuthbert of Lindisfarne fame split between Celtic and Roman Christianity an interesting character Hilda of Whitby Abbey and the Synod of Whitby fame there were Women involved in religious matters with authority during this time than ever since Saint Wilfred Bede the chronologist not canonised but ended up becoming the venerable Bede whose book The Ecclesiastical History of the English People is a primary source King Alfred the first Royal Saint and finally brief sections on his sons and really ends with Edward the Confessor prior to the Norman conuest The book whilst covering the characters mentioned and what made them saints also paints around them and fleshes out with what was happening socially during this period Pope Gregory the Great sent Augustine and a group of followers to Britain in 597AD and Canterbury is the main place where Roman Christianity was adopted this after near 200 years since the Romans left these isles to defend themselves from barbarians and the Angles Saxons and Jutes settled here with their Pagan beliefs So whilst Celtic Christianity was already a thing in Ireland Wales and parts of Scotland it was fundamentally Augustine with the backing from Rome who converted the majority of the tribes into some kind of unified belief structure away from their barbaric tribal ways It worked slowly at first and the main focus of Dr Ramirezs study concerns what was happening in Northumbria where several of the saints lived and worked Lindisfarne Monastery and Whitby Abbey play no small role in the spreading of Roman Christianity at least until 793 AD when the Vikings started to raid and eventually settle in the North until King Alfred the first Royal Saint introduced the Danelaw and military victories for a brief period of time until King Cnut and eventually the Normans started to rescind and suppress the cults spread around the Anglo Saxon Saints It is a good history the author also briefly covers less well known characters maybe as a way to fill out some chapters because as I said the sources of this period are very very few we have Bede as I mentioned some surviving flowery manuscripts and religious art is a big thing of these times all hand painted and written on vellum it is amazing some of the works still survive today considering the Viking incursions and the Norman suppressioneradication of Anglo Saxon stone churches a lot of archeological conjecturediscoveries and so on Nationality also is covered we are a nation of immigrants which ever country you say your proud to be from Modern day nationalism is such a fake concept that many politicians fail to recognise or wish to understand I digress Great history from a great historian 4 stars

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Over a dozen seminal saintsThis landmark book provides a uniue and captivating The Private Epublens through which to explore the rich history of the Dark Ages.. A really good book about the Anglo Saxon period as told via the frame of the rock stars of their day the saints I really enjoyed Ram rez s take on the evidence and was particularly interested to learn how Bede consigned the raven as a key supporting figure in Anglo Saxon pagan folklore to the dustbin of mythological history with simple flick of his editorial uill when reviewing the bible story of Noah in a translated manuscript If I have any criticism of the book it s one that I realise is specifically particular to me in terms of the story of St Cuthbert I actually think his long afterlife as a specifically referenced player in the affairs of his community ie if you dealt with the community of Cuthbert in Lindisfarne and later Durham after Cuthbert s death contemporary sources saw the bishop they were talking to as a stand in for Cuthbert himself is fascinating and could have been explored to some extent in the book But then the world doesn t revolve around me and maybe I should write my own bloody book Overall I recommend this book if you ve any interest in history religion or just the Anglo Saxons in general


10 thoughts on “The Private Lives of the Saints

  1. says:

    An enticing and cosy little book but not altogether convincing It is a saintly version of In search of the dark ages Songs of Praise on the road through history tenish saints as spotlights to illuminateview spoiler and th

  2. says:

    Dr Janina Ramirez now uite well acknowledged as a Television historian and broadcaster over the past decade or so crafts a history of the most w

  3. says:

    A fascinating book about several saints from Anglo Saxon times I've tagged it as 'religion' but it wears its religion very lightlyReally it's a romp through several hundred years of Anglo Saxon cultural history using the lives of these saints as a device Clever approach because apart from a very few kings it's these saints that are the most well known people of that era And in a sense it's all about St Bede or the Venerable Bede I'm an at

  4. says:

    It has to be said that Dr Janina Ramirez’s books has a slightly misleading title but it is fascinating and informative read nonethelessThis book primarily focuses on ten saints spanning between the fourth and tenth centuries and placing them within the context of their environments Focusing on events that influenced them or that they I turn influenced It also highlights what a diverse and complex history the British Isles has As she st

  5. says:

    An interesting book in places but vague in others It would have been helpful to clarify that the author was using 'saint' to refer to those venerated as such by their contemporaries and immediate successors rather than the officially canonised saints we recognise today at the start of the book rather than the end starting the chapte

  6. says:

    This is an interesting way of tackling Anglo Saxon history Ramirez puts the saints in the cultural and religious context of their time to show the development of Christianity and its influence on politics the arts

  7. says:

    35 5It is my innate liking of Anglo Saxon Britain which makes me rate this at 355 rather than any particular strength of the book Indeed I think that while it is an illuminating look into many people who otherwise do not get a deserved mention in secular histories the look into every individual here is uite shallow and generally based on a well known story or feature Rarely do we encounter even a conjecture of what their private life was

  8. says:

    A really good book about the Anglo Saxon period as told via the frame of the rock stars of their day the saints I really enjoyed Ramírez's take on the evidence and was particularly interested to learn how Bede consigned the raven as a key supporting figure in Anglo Saxon pagan folklore to the dustbin of mythological history with simple flick of his editorial uill when reviewing the bible story of Noah in a translated ma

  9. says:

    It took me longer than I expected to read this because it is very badly written in the customary humanities style of today ie too much verbiage ‘in terms of’ ‘in the context of’ poorly constructed sentences and several clichés on every page The bad writing is not only a distraction from the content; it often obscures it Sometimes

  10. says:

    A good book in principle about an interesting subject but unfortunately it was very shallow on detail I understand that for a lot of people ther

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