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Early Christian Ireland

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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037167

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  • This is the first fully-documented history of Ireland and the Irish from Saint Patrick to the Vikings. Other books cover either a longer period (up to the Anglo-Norman conquests) or do not indicate in detail the evidence on which they are based. The book opens with the Irish raids and settlements in Britain, and the conversion of Ireland to Christianity, and ends as Viking attacks on Ireland accelerated in the second quarter of the ninth century.

    • A fully documented study of this period of Irish history, which relates early medieval Ireland to its European context, in matters of culture, society and religion
    • Covers both the early Irish church and the political history of the period in some detail, and explains how the special features of the Irish Church and kinship were related to early Irish society
    • Illustrated by specially drawn maps and tables
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    "A comprehensive survey of early-medieval Ireland..." Speculum

    "Charles-Edwards presents a first rate history of early Christian Ireland and the Irish at home, in Britain, France, and Italy, ranging from Patrick to the coming of Viking fleets...Required reading for serious students of Irish history." Religious Studies Review

    "...this book has set a high standard for the contention." Albion

    "Charles-Edwards....has written THE book on Ireland between the fourth and ninth centuries. [He] deftly blends extensive recent scholarhsip with perceptive analses of notoriously difficult narrative, legal, literary, and epigraphic texts. This rich book is a must-have for all those who teach and do research on Europe's early Middle Ages." HISTORY: Reviews of New Books

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037167
    • length: 728 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.05kg
    • contains: 14 maps 40 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    List of tables
    List of figures
    A note on pronunciation
    A note on the Chronicle of Ireland
    1. Ireland in the seventh century: a tour
    2. Irish society c.700: I. Communities
    3. Irish society c.700: II. Social distinctions and moral values
    4. Ireland and Rome
    5. Conversion to Christianity
    6. The organisation of the early Irish church
    7. Columba, Iona and Lindisfarne
    8. Columbanus and his disciples
    9. The Paschal controversy
    10. The primatial claims of Armagh, Kildare and Canterbury
    11. The origins and rise of Uí Néill
    12. The kingship of Tara
    13. The powers of kings
    14. Conclusion
    Appendix: genealogies and king-lists
    Glossary: Irish and Latin

  • Author

    T. M. Charles-Edwards, University of Oxford
    Thomas Charles-Edwards is Professor of Celtic in the University of Oxford. His previous books include Bechbretha (1983, with Fergus Kelly), The Welsh Laws (1989) and Early Irish and Welsh Kinship (1993).

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