Monday, November 02, 2020

2: Seán O' Faoláin - 'The Irish' (1947)

As a follow-up to this recent post, Seán O' Faoláin's writing continues to intrigue me. This book is significant both for what it has in it, and also for what – and who – it leaves out. Placing St Patrick into the same 4th century timeframe as the monumental differences between Pelagius and Augustine is correct and highly insightful; his select calendar of events in Part III, from 1556 onwards, is revealing for what is not there. As he quotes in his final paragraph "history proper is the history of thought; there are no mere events in history".