A New History of Ireland

A New History of Ireland : Prehistoric and Early Ireland

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A New History of Ireland, Volume I marks the culmination of the largest scholarly project in modern Irish history. It consists of nine volumes, by over a hundred contributors, mainly historians but including also historical geographers and specialists in other disciplines, such as language and literature, the visual arts, and music. Seven of the volumes are text, and deal not only with politics but also with economic, social, and cultural history. The other volumes contain maps and reference material. As the final volume to appear in this multi-volume series, A New History of Ireland Volume I brings to a close the project initiated by T. W. Moody and R. Dudley-Edwards in the 1960s, to provide a comprehensive new synthesis of modern scholarship on every aspect of Irish history and prehistory, from the earliest geological and archaeological evidence, through the Middle Ages, and down to the present day. Volume I begins by looking at geography and the physical environment. Chapters follow which examine pre-3000, neolithic, bronze-age and iron-age Ireland and Ireland up to 800. Society, laws, church and politics are all analysed separately as are architecture, literature, manuscripts, language, coins and music. The volume is brought up to 1166 with chapters, amongst others, on the Vikings, Ireland and its neighbours, and opposition to the High-Kings. A final chapter moves further on in time, examining Latin learning and literature in Ireland to 1500.show more

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  • Hardback | 1482 pages
  • 164 x 234 x 72mm | 2,018.51g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous black-and-white plates, line illustrations and maps
  • 0198217374
  • 9780198217374

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this publication is important for Irish literary scholarship and scholarly history Kevin Murray, Classics Irelandshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Prehistoric and Early Ireland ; 1. The Geographical Element in Irish History ; 2. The Physical Environment ; 3. Ireland before 3000 B.C. ; 4. Neolithic Ireland ; 5. Bronze-Age Ireland ; 6. Iron-Age Ireland ; 7. Ireland, 400-800 ; 8. The Archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland, c.400-1169: Settlement and Economy ; 9. Early Irish Hermitages, Pilgrimage Sites, and their Ecclesiastical Buildings and Movements ; 10. The Church in Irish Society, 400-800 ; 11. Early Irish Law ; 12. Hiberno-Latin Literature to 1169 ; 13. 'What Was Best of Every Language': The Early History of the Irish Language ; 14. Language and Literature to 1169 ; 15. Manuscripts and Palaeography ; 16. Ireland c.800: Aspects of Society ; 17. The Viking Age ; 18. The Irish Church, 800-c.1050 ; 19. Church and Politics, c.750-c.1100 ; 20. Visual Arts and Society ; 21. Ecclesiastical Architecture Before 1169 ; 22. Music in Prehistoric and Medieval Ireland ; 23. The Archaeology of Ireland's Viking-Age Towns ; 24. Coins and Coinage in Pre-Norman Ireland ; 25. Ireland Before the Battle of Clontarf ; 26. Ireland and her Neighbours, c.1014-c.1072 ; 27. High-Kings with Opposition, 1072-1166 ; 28. Latin Learning and Literature in Ireland, 1169-1500 ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more