Category Archives: Cultural History

  • Allegory, the áes dána and the Liberal Arts in Medieval Irish Literature

    5 July 2016 | 12:51 pm

    ‘Allegory, the áes dána and the Liberal Arts in Medieval Irish Literature’, in Grammatica, Gramadach and Gramadeg: Vernacular Grammar and Grammarians in Medieval Ireland and Wales, ed. Deborah Hayden and Paul Russell (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2016), pp. 11-34 The present study briefly considers the vernacular terminology used to describe figurative language in medieval Irish literature, and […]

  • Senchas Gall Átha Clíath: Aspects of the Cult of St Patrick in the Twelfth Century

    5 July 2016 | 12:44 pm

    (co-authored with Liam Breatnach), ‘Senchas Gall Átha Clíath: Aspects of the Cult of St Patrick in the Twelfth Century’, in Sacred Histories: A Festschrift for Máire Herbert, ed. J. Carey, K. Murray & C. Ó Dochartaigh (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015), pp. 22-55 This Festschrift contribution comprises the first edition, translation and detailed discussion of Senchas […]

  • The Rhetoric and Reality of Reform in Irish Eschatological Thought, c. 1000 – 1150

    5 July 2016 | 12:39 pm

    ‘The Rhetoric and Reality of Reform in Irish Eschatological Thought, c. 1000 – 1150’, History of Religions 55:3 (2016), 269-88 This essay challenges the ideas that the ‘great fear’ recorded in Irish annals for the year 1096 was the culmination of an escalating rhetoric of apocalypticism, and that it was a trigger for the ecclesiastical reform […]

  • Lay Morality, Clerical Immorality, and Pilgrimage in Tenth-Century Ireland

    4 July 2016 | 12:00 pm

    ‘Lay Morality, Clerical Immorality, and Pilgrimage in Tenth-Century Ireland: Cethrur Macclérech and Epscop do Gáedelaib’, Studia Hibernica 39 (2013), 9-48 The subject of this essay is a pair of medieval Irish ecclesiastical anecdotes, namely Cethrur macclérech (‘Four Junior Clerics’) and Epscop do Gáedelaib (‘A Bishop of the Gaels’). Insofar as they have received any scholarly attention, these […]

  • Sacrifice and Salvation in Echtgus Úa Cúanáin’s Poetic Treatise on the Eucharist

    4 July 2016 | 11:57 am

    ‘Sacrifice and Salvation in Echtgus Úa Cúanáin’s Poetic Treatise on the Eucharist’, in Envisioning Christ on the Cross: Ireland and the Early Medieval West, ed. J. Mullins, J. Ní Ghrádaigh & R. Hawtree (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013), pp. 181-94 This essay discusses the use of the Passion narrative in Echtgus Úa Cúanáin’s Middle Irish poetic […]

  • A Welsh Record of an Anglo-Saxon Political Mutilation

    4 July 2016 | 11:47 am

    ‘A Welsh Record of an Anglo-Saxon Political Mutilation’, Anglo-Saxon England 35 (2006), 245-9 A previously unidentified annal-entry in the Welsh chronicles Brut y Tywysogion and Brenhinedd y Saesson records the blinding of the sons of Ealdorman Ælfhelm as part of the ‘palace revolution’ of 1006. This article discusses how the Old English names Wulfheah and Ufegeat […]