IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1312: Clashes of the Ecclesiastical and Secular Cultures of Medieval Ireland

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge / Four Courts Press
Organiser:Geraldine Parsons, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 1312-aClashing Armies and Gutsy Clerics: Ecclesiastical Negotiation in 10th-Century England and Ireland
(Language: English)
Bridgitte Schaffer, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1312-bIrish Church and German State in the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Boyle, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1312-cFinn and Patrick: Culture Clash in Acallam na Senórach
(Language: English)
Geraldine Parsons, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Celtic
Abstract

This session explores instances of opposition between medieval Ireland’s ecclesiastical and lay cultures. Paper I examines the clash of the martial and the religious life by considering a series of ecclesiastical mediators in Ireland and Britain, and their relationship to the Peace of God movement on the continent. Paper II, again from a historical perspective, investigates the interaction of the Irish ecclesiastical presence in Germany and the local secular government. Paper III however, considers a literary representation in the thirteenth century text Acallam na Senórach and asks to what extent and over what issues was a clash of cultures portrayed therein.