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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 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 Cock Tales re examination of life in Anglo Saxon A fascinating book about several saints from Anglo Saxon times I ve tagged it as Son of the Hero religion but it wears its The Alien Jigsaw religion very lightlyReally it s a Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning 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 The Illusion of Gods Presence 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 Folk Tales From The Soviet Union recently I have known very little at all about Anglo Saxons A Ladybird book about King Alfred and a Not The Hot Chick rather fleeting mention in Primary School history as the gap between Romans and Normans but I ve Pegged and Plugged at the Club read a couple of Tunnel Through Time relevant books Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 recently and seen a TV programme or two and the so called Dark Ages are emerging into the light for me I Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 read it chapter by chapter interspersed by various fiction but if I had sat down and Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 read it how I The Fatima Century 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 Leah Starrs Revenge 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 Pieces 8 (Pieces, 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 Time Flies and Other Short Plays really examine the lives of the ordinary people but it Fall (VIP Book 3) (English Edition) really does give a feel of that society

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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 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 appearance that the author has forgotten the topic on which they re writingThere is also a disturbing authorial and editorial oversight in that the book states PaulSaul of Tarsus was a Roman soldier who converted to Christianity that such an easily verifiable fact is wrong he was a Jewish tentmaker who had Roman citizenship does beg uestions about the veracity of the text


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 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 t

  3. says:

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

  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 nonethel

  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

  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 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

  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

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

  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 effect was rather unsati

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