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Britain and Ireland, 900–1300
Insular Responses to Medieval European Change


Brendan Smith, Alfred P. Smyth, Benjamin T. Hudson, Robert Bartlett, Màire Herbert, Seàn Duffy, John Gillingham, Dauvit Broun, Marie Therese Flanagan, R. Andrew McDonald, Keith J. Stringer
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  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026611

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  • There is a growing interest in the history of relations between the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish as the United Kingdom and Ireland begin to construct new political arrangements and to become more fully integrated into Europe. This book brings together work on how these relations developed between 900 and 1300, a period crucial for the formation of national identities. The conquest of England by the Normans and the subsequent growth in English power required the inhabitants of Britain and Ireland to reassess their dealings with each other. Old ties were broken and new ones formed. Economic change, the influence of chivalry, the transmission of literary motifs, and questions of aristocratic identity are among the topics tackled here by leading scholars from Britain, Ireland and North America. Little has been published hitherto on this subject, and the book marks a major contribution to a topic of lasting interest.

    • Offers new insights into the historical origins of a topic of great current interest
    • While the main focus is on England and Ireland, there is much material also on Wales and Scotland, and the intermingling of all these countries
    • The contributors include several major scholars - such as Robert Bartlett and John Gillingham - and others of rapidly rising reputation
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    'Brendan Smith and the contributors are to be praised for their contributions to an increasingly important field of inquiry. This is a volume in which many will find much of value.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026611
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.455kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The effect of Scandinavian raiders on the English and Irish churches: a preliminary reassessment Alfred P. Smyth
    2. The changing economy of the Irish sea province Benjamin T. Hudson
    3. Cults of Irish, Scottish and Welsh saints in twelfth-century England Robert Bartlett
    4. Sea-divided Gaels? constructing relationships between Irish and Scots c.800–1169 Màire Herbert
    5. The 1169 as a turning-point in Irish-Welsh relations Seàn Duffy
    6. Killing and mutilating political enemies in the British Isles from the late twelfth to the early fourteenth century: a comparative study John Gillingham
    7. Anglo-French acculturation and the Irish element in Scottish identity Dauvit Broun
    8. John de Courcy, the first Ulster plantation and Irish church men Marie Therese Flanagan
    9. Coming in from the margins: the descendants of Somerled and cultural accommodation in the Hebrides 1164–1317 R. Andrew McDonald
    10. Nobility and identity in medieval Britain and Ireland: the de Vescy family, c.1120–1314 Keith J. Stringer

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    Brendan Smith, University of Bristol


    Brendan Smith, Alfred P. Smyth, Benjamin T. Hudson, Robert Bartlett, Màire Herbert, Seàn Duffy, John Gillingham, Dauvit Broun, Marie Therese Flanagan, R. Andrew McDonald, Keith J. Stringer

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