Divided Gaels: Gaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland C. 1200-1650

Divided Gaels: Gaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland C. 1200-1650

by Wilson McLeod
     
 

In this detailed and absorbing study, Wilson McLeod challenges the familiar view that Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Ireland formed a cultural unit during the late middle ages and early modern period. Dr McLeod's examination of the surviving sources, especially formal bardic poetry, shows that Ireland was culturally dominant. While Scottish Gaeldom attached great

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In this detailed and absorbing study, Wilson McLeod challenges the familiar view that Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Ireland formed a cultural unit during the late middle ages and early modern period. Dr McLeod's examination of the surviving sources, especially formal bardic poetry, shows that Ireland was culturally dominant. While Scottish Gaeldom attached great significance to the Irish connection, Irish Gaeldom, McLeod argues, perceived Scotland as peripheral.

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"The book is well written and beautifully produced."—Speculum

"Scholars who approach the medieval and early modern histories of Ireland and Scotland from a "British Isles" perspective will be grateful to Wilson McLeod for providing this original and provocative account of relations between the Irish and Scottish components of the Gaelic world in the years 1200-1650. The carefully edited and translated bardic poetry published here for the first time would in itself make this volume worthwhile, but it also contains many useful insights into a neglected topic."—American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199247226
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/25/2004
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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