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England Taking them from their heavenly status to the human level Oxford art historian and BBC presenter Dr Janina Ramirez explores the real lives. 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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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. 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 clich s 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 other times she will enunciate the same thought often a banality up to three different ways on the same page It reminds me of Ernie Wise s badly written plays on the Morecambe and Wise Show It is like some fraud pretending to be a scholar yet she is a lecturer at Oxford University It strikes me that she has a similar sort of mind to that of Karl Marx she is not a poet but she thinks poetically rather than logically She reminds me of some contemporary feminists too whose contributions to theory are like bad poetry The book was by turns interesting and boring I am not sure how much of the boredom was due to the style of writing rather than to the subject matter After all if it takes so many words to say so little one is bound to start dropping off The book would be much better if it was a uarter of the length It is a shame because someone who can write well who can get clear about things and then explain them clearly could have made this a very interesting book As it is I am disappointed that I paid than 11 for the damned thing

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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. 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


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 is a fair bit about illumination and the creation of manuscripts generally in the book hide spoiler

  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 century right up until

  3. says:

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

  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 t

  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

  6. says:

    This is an interesting way of tackling Anglo Saxon history Ramirez puts the saints in the cultural and religious context of

  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 shall

  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 tak

  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 se

  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 was just getting my teeth into the story of one person when the next was introduced The overall ef

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