The March in the Islands of the Medieval West

Overview

Theories of liminality have long informed scholarship on peripheral regions of medieval Europe. Few of these regions were, however, as aggressively portrayed as frontier or march by contemporary commentators and legislators—or later historians—as was Ireland, both as a whole, and along internal ethnic borders. Drawing together the work of historians, art-historians and archaeologists, this book seeks to explode some of the myths created and manipulatively used by medieval settlers and their apologists. Exploring ...

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Overview

Theories of liminality have long informed scholarship on peripheral regions of medieval Europe. Few of these regions were, however, as aggressively portrayed as frontier or march by contemporary commentators and legislators—or later historians—as was Ireland, both as a whole, and along internal ethnic borders. Drawing together the work of historians, art-historians and archaeologists, this book seeks to explode some of the myths created and manipulatively used by medieval settlers and their apologists. Exploring and interrogating afresh both documentary sources and material culture, the articles gathered here reveal the complexities, frustrations, and distorted visions which warped relations across ethnic and cultural boundaries, while placing Ireland's marches within the context of the creation and destruction of English royal ambitions.
Contributors are Howard Clarke, Anne Connon, Linda Doran, Clare Downham, Rory McNeary, Margaret Murphy, Danielle O'Donovan, Seymour Phillips, William W. Scott and Brian Shanahan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004225862
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/16/2012
  • Series: Later Medieval Europe , #9
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh, Ph.D. (2004), Courtauld Institute, is Senior Researcher, 'Women as Makers of Medieval Art' ERC Project, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid. She has published widely on medieval Irish art and architecture.
Emmett O'Byrne, Ph.D. (2001), University of Dublin, Trinity College, is a lawyer and medieval historian. His research focusses on Irish political and legal history, and his publications include War, Politics and the Irish of Leinster, 1156–1606 (Four Courts, 2003).
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ... vii
Acknowledgements ... xi
Abbreviations ... xiii
List of Contributors ... xv

Introduction Terra Nova: A Crown on the March and aPeople of the Periphery ... 1
Emmett O’Byrne and Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh

TOWN AND COUNTRY: AGGRESSIVE SYMBIOSIS
Religious and Cultural Boundaries between Vikings and Irish: The Evidence of Conversion ... 15
Clare Downham
From Dyflinnarskiri to the Pale: Defining and Defending a Medieval City-State, 1000–1500 ... 35
Howard B. Clarke
“The Key of the County”: Saggart and the Manorial Economy of the Dublin March c. 1200–1540 ... 53
Margaret Murphy
New Ross: From European Archetype to Town “Situated in the Marches” ... 79
L.M. Doran

MATERIALISING IDENTITY
Style over Substance: Architectural Fashion and Identity Building in Medieval Ireland ... 97
Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh
Creating Borders in Twelfth-century Ireland? Toirrdelbach Ua Conchobair’s Diversion of the River Suck ... 139
Anne Connon and Brian Shanahan
Callan and Ormond: Architecture of the “Middle Nation”? ... 171
Danielle O’Donovan
The March in Roscommon, 1170–1400: Culture Contact, Continuity and Change ... 195
Rory McNeary and Brian Shanahan

RIVAL WRITS ON THE FRONTIER / PERCEIVED IDENTITY AND REAL AUTHORITY: RE-EXAMINING THE SOURCES
The Politics of Grievance and the Making of Medieval Irish Identity Blood, Law and Identity in Leinster and the Crown of England 1200–1340 ... 229
Emmett O’Byrne
Royal Authority and Its Limits: The Dominions of the English Crown in the Early Fourteenth Century ... 251
Seymour Phillips
The March Laws: For Use or Ornament? ... 261
William W. Scott

Conclusion ... 287
Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh and Emmett O’Byrne

Index of People ... 291
Index of Places ... 296
Subject Index ... 299

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