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The Private Lives of the Saints

Of over a dozen seminal saintsThis landmark book provides a uniue and captivating lens through which to explore the rich history of the Dark Ages 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 like and even where the author s mention of interesting results is common these results are communicated down to the reader in a very poor mannerAt the same time the author also draws attention to a lot of topics I have never thought about before and for this this work is really enjoyable This connective style is very good for the reader for whom the 16th century is aligned with the 8th and the various regions of England with their continental euivalents This comprehensive overview allows for a good general overview of what was going on even if the details remain in the shadeOverall I would recommend this even though it could have been called something else The treatise here also ponders the meaning of sanctity and that is always a topic worth dwelling upon Originally posted here

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Skulduggery power struggles and politics The Private Lives of the Saints offers an original and fascinating re examination of life in Anglo Saxon 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 atheist and didn t find the religious element jarred at all well it did because I can t help thinking about hermits anchorites and enclosed monks and nuns what a waste of a life and the author at one point hints that nowadays we would uestion their mental stabilityUntil very recently I have known very little at all about Anglo Saxons A Ladybird book about King Alfred and a rather fleeting mention in Primary School history as the gap between Romans and Normans but I ve read a couple of relevant books recently and seen a TV programme or two and the so called Dark Ages are emerging into the light for me I read it chapter by chapter interspersed by various fiction but if I had sat down and read it how I read fiction I m sure it would have been finished in three evenings I suppose it counts as popular history Janina Ramirez appears often on our TV screens and that helps give a high profile to her books I don t really know where I sit on the intellectual ladder of history student I have abandoned or suffered academic history books because of their dire prose or their ponderous style And I ve despaired at so called history books written by posh ladies who read English at Oxbridge and lack the analytical skills to create proper contextSo I guess this is about my level especially for a period about which I know so little Probably if you already have a broad knowledge of Anglo Saxon times it will be a bit broadbrush On the other hand I like history a lot now that it has moved away from lists of battles and dates This isn t exactly social history or sociology and doesn t really examine the lives of the ordinary people but it really does give a feel of that society


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 there

  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 well known Anglo Saxon and Celtic Christian Saints starting from the fourth cen

  3. says:

    A fascinating book about several saints from Anglo Saxon times I've tagged it as 'religion' but it wears its religion very

  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 in

  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 chapter on Bede by explaining that he is not generally viewed as a saint gives the app

  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

  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

  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 flic

  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 she expresses herself so poorly that I don’t know what the hell she is trying to say; othe

  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 there's not a lot of detail available but it still felt very much like I

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