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The Private Lives of the Saints [PDF / EPUB] The Private Lives of the Saints Skulduggery power struggles and politics The Private Lives of the Saints offers an original and fascinating re examination of life in Anglo Saxon England Taking them from their heavenly status to the Skulduggery power struggles and politics The Lives of PDF Ê Private Lives of the Saints offers an original and fascinating re examination of life in Anglo 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 over a dozen seminal saintsThis landmark book provides a uniue and captivating The Private PDF or lens through which to explore the rich history of the Dark Ages.

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  • The Private Lives of the Saints
  • Janina Ramírez
  • 08 September 2014
  • 9780753550656

About the Author: Janina Ramírez

Janina Sara María Ramírez née Maleczek; Lives of PDF Ê July sometimes credited as Nina Ramírez is a British art and cultural historian and TV presenter based in Woodstock Oxfordshire She specialises in interpreting symbols and examining works of art within their own historical contextRamírez went to school in Slough She gained a degree in English literature specialising in Old and Middle The Private PDF or Englis.



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 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

  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 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

  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 states in the last chapter “there is no history of the English Welsh or Scots but rather a merging web where different races intermarry coexist an integrateour notion of identity are firmly imprinted with concepts of countries geographical boundaries and religious affiliations yet the early medieval period can be instructive in terms of eroding the importance of these distinctions”Highly recommended as it is very accessible look at the Anglo Saxon world and the people who helped shape it

  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 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

  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 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 

  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 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

  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 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

  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 unsatisfyingIn particular there were several occasions when a section purported to be about a particular saint but the majority of it was about other historical figures who were in a similar category for that saint It felt like the subject matter would have been accurately represented by either shorter chapters or the chapters being named after categories rather than saintsAlso I was somewhat uncomfortable about the statement that the early Christians were a lot like ISIS I know Ramirez meant in terms of the intensity of their faith but what?

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