Sunday, July 31, 2022

How The Irish Saved Civilization

I chanced upon How The Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe yesterday, as the author Thomas Cahill had also written something about St. Francis and the Sultan.

According to AncestryDNA I am 99% Irish and 1% Sardinian at the moment, though I have been as high as 100% Irish. (You only send them a sample once, but they seem to review the ethnic implications regularly.)

It goes straight on to the reading list, but will also stand and wait as a birthday present for the family (who share my descent) and, come to think of it for the extended Riley clan who are such a feature of life in the 'Wood.
“Like the Jews before them, the Irish enshrined literacy as their central religious act.”
Did I ever tell I was 2% Jewish back on my very first AncestryDNA evaluation?

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