One of the fruits of a visit to Book Aid over the Christmas holiday was the following book on the history of the Celtic Church in Ireland. It contains 17 lectures on St. Patrick, St. Columba, Columbanus and the Pascal controversy by George T. Stokes. Stokes was Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Dublin. The full text, being in the Public Domain, is now available for free download in PDF.
George T. Stokes [1843-1898], Ireland and the Celtic Church. A History of Ireland From St. Patrick to the English Conquest in 1172, 6th revised edn. London: SPCK, 1907. Hbk. pp.382. Click to download it here.
The book contained the following piece of emphemera:
As you can see, this indicates that the book was originally sent as a review copy. However, as many of the page-edges were still uncut, I would deduce that it was never read and that a review was not written. So, this is the first time that this copy has been fully opened since it was published 1907! Hopefully it will be read by many people now.
Perhaps someone could please add a link to the online version of the book to Prof. G.T. Stoke’s Wikipedia page?
Lecture 1 – The Ancient Celtic Church
Lecture 2 – St. Patrick
Lecture 3 – St. Patrick’s Mission
Lecture 4 – Tara and the Conversion of Ireland
Lecture 5 – St. Columba
Lecture 6 – Columba in Iona
Lecture 7 – Columbanus
Lecture 8 – The Paschal Controversy
Lecture 9 – Ireland and the East
Lecture 10 – The Social Life of the Eighth Century
Lecture 11 – Greek and Hebrew in Irish Monasteries
Lecture 12 – The Round – Towers of Ireland
Lecture 13 – The Danish Invasion of Ireland and the Pagan Crusade
Lecture 14 – The Danish Kingdom of Dublin
Lecture 15 – Brian Boru and the Triumph of Christianity
Lecture 16 -The See of Dublin and Union With England
Lecture 17 – St. Malachy and the See of Armagh