Using photographs of spectacularly beautiful places to tell the history and legends of Ireland, this evocative volume takes us from the Hill of Tara, location of the ancient palace of the High Kings of Ireland, to early Christian sites such as Glendalough, where Saint Kevin founded a center of learning and pilgrimage during the Dark Ages. This is the protrait of an isolated land in transition between pagan Celtic culture and Christianity. Remmants of this shift, over one thousand years old, survive in Ireland today.
Romantic Irish Landscapes begins with a brief outline of early Irish history from prehistoric times to the first Viking invasions. The bulk of the book is divided into sections reflecting the political divisions of pre-Christian Ireland. The Middle Kingdom (Meath and Westmeath) was the royal and sacred heart of ancient Ireland. Two evocative names in Ireland are here: Tara, whre the High Kings were crowned and where Saint Patrick laid down his challenge to paganism; and Newgrange, the sacred tomb of Irish legend. The Land of Cú Chulainn (Ulster and the northeast), where St. Patrick is buried, is full of legendary sites, from the Giant's Causeway to the Mountains of Mourne. The Kingdom of Lenster (southeast) contains many of the Viking invaders' settlements, such as Dublin and Clontarf. The Kingdom of Munster (southwest) and the Kingdom of Connaught (northwest) are the most unspoiled parts of Ireland with miles of rugged coastline dotted with ancient forts andmonasteries. This visual and historical overview will be especially appealing for everyone who has visited, or hopes to visit, this haunting and beautiful land.
Other Details: 100 full-color illustrations 160 pages 9 7/8 x 9 7/8" Published 1998
|Publisher:||Abbeville Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||10.14(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.74(d)|
Table of ContentsMap of Ancient Ireland
Chapter One: The Kingdom of Connaught
Chapter Two: The Land of Cú Chulainn
Chapter Three: The Middle Kingdom
Chapter Four: The Kingdom of Munster
Chapter Five: The Kingdom of Leinster
Author Biography: Iain Zaczek is an art historian specializing in Celtic culture. He has written Celtic Chronicles, The Art of Illuminated Manuscripts, and Celtic Art and Design.