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'This is a rare example of an attempt to look at history from a spiritual point of view. Drawing on the examples of St Columban and Robert Schuman, Vyner-Brooks argues that the renewal of Europe ultimately depends on the continent rediscovering the reality of faith. Full of intriguing detail as well as big picture thinking, his book will interest many and provoke debate. '
Dr Philip Boobbyer, Department of History, University of Kent
"Henry Vyner-Brooks skillfully weaves two strands of European history into this innovative and thought-provoking book about the pioneers of European civilization, Saint Columbanus and Robert Schuman. He has mastered two separate historical fields - early medieval history and post-war modern European history - in bringing the stories of these enigmatic Christian leaders to life that continue to have contemporary relevance. In the new Dark Ages in which we find ourselves, this book is a beacon of light."
Dr. Alexander O'Hara, Trinity College, Dublin, Author of Jonas of Bobbio and the Legacy of Columbanus