The Irish Annals

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Collectively the Irish annals represent a substantial and important source for the history and culture of Ireland. These texts provide the primary witness for much of early medieval Irish history, and for many key events and persons up until c.1600. Many of the most important of these texts passed into the possession of 17th-century Anglo-Irish scholars, and it was principally their work which formed the basis for all modern scholarship on them. However, examination of their work shows that a number of the ...
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Overview

Collectively the Irish annals represent a substantial and important source for the history and culture of Ireland. These texts provide the primary witness for much of early medieval Irish history, and for many key events and persons up until c.1600. Many of the most important of these texts passed into the possession of 17th-century Anglo-Irish scholars, and it was principally their work which formed the basis for all modern scholarship on them. However, examination of their work shows that a number of the accepted hypotheses rest upon assertions of opinion, and are unsupported by any textual evidence. This book first re-examines the manuscript evidence, commencing with an account of the primary manuscript witnesses for the ten most characteristic annalistic texts. It then reviews the scholarly literature relating to the annalistic corpus and identifies those hypotheses that are not supported by the available evidence. Next, based upon a critical evaluation of both the textual and chronological characteristics of the texts, the book establishes, where possible, the place, author(s), time and salient characteristics of the compilations that have contributed to the development of these ten texts. The penultimate chapter reviews the chronology of these texts and identifies the basis for a synchronised chronology for them all.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781846820489
  • Publisher: Four Courts Press
  • Publication date: 7/16/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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1 Chronicles and Annals - origins, compilation, taxonomy and nomenclature 1

2 Witnesses to the Annals - the primary manuscripts 18

3 Annalistic literature 61

4 World history in Insular chronicles 118

5 The Iona chronicle 153

6 The Moville and Clonmacnoise chronicles 168

7 Liber Cuanach and its descendants 198

8 The Armagh and Derry chronicles 223

9 The Connacht and Fermanagh chronicles 245

10 The Regnal-canon chronicles 271

11 Final compilation stages 304

12 Reliable Annalistic chronology 342

Epilogue 355

Twelve centuries of Irish chronicling - from Bethlehem to Bundrowes 355

Necessity for a comprehensive analysis of chronicle features 357

Outstanding chronicle compilations 358

App. 1 Manuscript witnesses to the Annals 361

App. 2 Survey of Annalistic verse up to A.D. 1000 364

App. 3 The regnal-canon 368

Bibliography 375

Index 393

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