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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 338: Irish Sea Networks in the Early Middle Ages

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Irish Sea in the Middle Ages Research Network
Organiser:Marios Costambeys, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Moderator/Chair:Rebecca Thomas, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 338-aIntellectual Networks between the Irish Sea World and Continental Europe around 800: The Feast of All Saints
(Language: English)
Marios Costambeys, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy
Paper 338-bO Germane, Where Art Thou?: St Germanus of Auxerre in the Earliest Insular Traditions
(Language: English)
Eoghan Ahern, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Paper 338-cQueens and Connections around the Irish Sea, 950-1050
(Language: English)
Charles Insley, Department of History, University of Manchester
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Abstract

Arising from the growing recognition that the regions around the Irish Sea are central to the history of the whole of the British Isles in the early middle ages, this session examines three manifestations of highly active networks in the Irish Sea zone, in liturgy, a saint's cult, and female royal careers. The intensity of these entanglements, in a zone in which identity, culture, language, and political allegiance were all particularly fluid, encourages us to ignore anachronistic national boundaries and to emphasize the connectivity that shaped early medieval culture.