IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 805: Beyond the 'Celtic Fringe': Irish Influence on the Early Medieval British and Scandinavian Worlds

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Fiona Edmonds, St John's College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Fiona Edmonds, St John's College, University of Cambridge
Paper 805-aThe Irish Sea at Sea: Scotland and Iceland
(Language: English)
Kristj√°n Ahronson, Department of Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh / National Museums of Scotland
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 805-bKings over the Water: Dal Riata, Alba and the Picts in Medieval Irish Pseudohistory
(Language: English)
Arkady Hodge, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 805-c'May the Road Rise up to Meet You': The Underpinnings of Communication between Northumbrian and Irish Churches, 650-1000
(Language: English)
Fiona Edmonds, St John's College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - General, Monasticism

The session will aim to investigate the impact of Irish culture and politics overseas. It will be suggested that such influence was transmitted through political and inter-dynastic co-operation and confrontation, exchange of information and the movements of people and goods, both in lay and ecclesiastical spheres. Each paper primarily investigates Irishinfluence on a different part of the British and Scandinavian worlds: Iceland, Pictland andNorthumbria. By examining these territories it will emerge that far from beinga ‘Celtic fringe’, Ireland was a nexus of contacts between the Goidelic, British and Scandinavian worlds.