IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1022: The City in Medieval Ireland: Concept and Reality, I

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Group for the Study of Irish Historical Settlement
Organiser:Linda Doran, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Charles Doherty, Department of Early Irish History, University College Dublin
Paper 1022-aThe City of God
(Language: English)
Charles Doherty, Department of Early Irish History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Ecclesiastical History, Economics - Urban, Hagiography
Paper 1022-bThe Early Medieval Civitas: Urban City or Sacred Space?
(Language: English)
Melanie C. Maddox, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Hagiography
Paper 1022-cIn platea monasterii: The Layout of the Ecclesiastical City in Early Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
Jean-Michel Picard, School of Languages, Literatures & Film, Arts & Celtic Studies, University College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Celtic
Abstract

The six papers offered in these two sessions explore different aspects of the urban experience in medieval Ireland. The papers encompass both archaeological and historical research and include case studies as well as a general synthesis. The concept of the city as a place apart will be considered as will the interdependence of urban centres and rural hinterlands. Other aspects covered will include: fortification, streetscape, and the development of cities through changing political and cultural horizons. A number of papers will deal with urban centres that are part of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas project organised by the Royal Irish Academy.