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Early Christian Ireland [Paperback]

T. M. Charles-Edwards
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5 July 2007
This book provides a fully documented history of Ireland and the Irish between the fourth and ninth centuries AD, from St Patrick to the Vikings - the earliest period for which historical records are available. It opens with the Irish raids and settlements in Britain, and the conversion of Ireland to Christianity. It ends as Viking attacks on Ireland accelerated in the second quarter of the ninth century. The book takes account of the Irish both at home and abroad, including the Irish in northern Britain, in England and on the continent. Two principal thematic strands are the connection between the early Irish Church and its neighbours, and the rise of Uí Néill and the kingship of Tara.

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  • Paperback: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (5 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521037166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521037167
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 14.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'Early Christian Ireland is a considerable achievement; it should be essential reading for students and scholars for many years to come.' The Innes Review

'There is a wealth of data … Charles-Edwards is an expert guide whom even the uninitiated might follow and chapters can be enjoyed selectively. This book is a model of source criticism and must now become a standard reference.' Church Archaeology

'… closely argued, high quality research … Charles-Edwards … is able to lead his readers through quite complex territory without sacrificing clarity.' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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This book provides a fully documented history of Ireland and the Irish from St Patrick to the Vikings. It 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Christian Ireland by T. M. Charles-Edwards 11 Jan 2009
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This is one of the most in depth and impressive surveys of Early Irish Christianity to have appeared in print to date. The author utilises and synthesises a myriad of recent academic publications and research to construct a fascinating review of Early Medieval Ireland and the consolidation and establishment of Christianity within early Irish society. Despite its Irish concentration, the author consistently includes and references external events and personalities that influenced the implementation of Christian organisation and development within Ireland.

Starting with a textual tour of seventh century Ireland, including kingdoms, communities and social values the author moves on to place Ireland in its wider European context and its slow (re-introduction) with Roman practice and orthodoxy. Chapters on Conversion, and Church Organisation then follow, before he examines the Columban missionary period and its subsequent cult at home and in Northumbria. A distinctly clear and concise review of the Paschal Controversy is also included, as is a chapter on the emerging clashes of religious primacy between Armagh, Kildare and Canterbury. To conclude, the author rounds off by placing the Uí Néill Dynasty into its emerging regional and political context and details the wide ranging secular expressions of kingly elite power and its Christian counterpart. Separate appendixes include genealogies, king lists, Irish and Latin glossaries, and an extensive bibliography and index.

This book is aimed at academic audiences, but is perhaps a little advanced for undergraduates who have no background in medieval Irish history, archaeology and early Christianity.
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