IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 626: Irish Bishops in the Middle Ages

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History & Civilisation, University College Dublin
Organiser:Gillian Finan, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History & Civilisation / School of History, University College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Niamh Whitfield, Independent Scholar, London
Paper 626-aThe Mystery of Palladius, First Bishop to the Irish
(Language: English)
Elva Johnston, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 626-bThe King-Bishop in Early Ireland
(Language: English)
Edel M. Bhreathnach, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History & Civilisation / School of History & Archives, University College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 626-cThe Art of Diplomacy: Bishop Malachy and the Anglo-Norman Lords
(Language: English)
Gillian Finan, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History & Civilisation / School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 626-dTirechan: An Episcopal Travelogue
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Dawson, Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History & Civilisation / School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Religious Life
Abstract

This session will focus on three major Irish bishops of the Middle Ages and the position of king-bishop. The role of the bishop has always been an important one. Bishops often had the ear of the king and in this respect were important decision makers. They were often at the forefront of major change and these four papers will explore their role in the changing face of medieval Ireland from the 5th to the 12th centuries.