IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 215: Medieval Irish Borders: European Connections, I

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Trinity College Dublin
Organiser:Stephen Hewer, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Stephen Hewer, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Paper 215-aThe Culture of Peregrinatio among the Bretons and the Irish, c. 600-900
(Language: English)
Elysée Yhuel, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 215-bJustifying Borders: Some Unionist and Loyalist Readings of Medieval Irish Literature in Northern Ireland
(Language: English)
Jenyth Evans, Jesus College University of Oxford
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Celtic, Political Thought
Paper 215-cIrish and European: Early Medieval Identities
(Language: English)
Patrick Wadden, Department of History, Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Celtic, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Abstract

This series of sessions examines medieval Irish borders. The first session covers early medieval Irish people crossing borders. These papers consider the Europeanness of early medieval Irish people and to early medieval Irish people. The first paper compares the practice of peregrinatio in Brittany and Ireland, and the respective attitudes toward peregrini. The second paper re-evaluates the interpretation of early medieval Irish literature (the Táin, Ulster Cycle tales, and the Lebhor Gabála) as ‘Nationalistic’, and proposes a ‘Unionist’ reading of them. The third paper examines the European identity of the early medieval Irish learned class in comparison to the traditional Island-wide identity.