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Celtic-Norse Relationships in the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages 800-1200.


Celtic-Norse Relationships in the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages 800-1200

Edited by Jon Viar Sigursson and Timothy Bolton



223 pages



The Northern World; Volume 65


Another volume in the brilliant Northern World series, this set of papers chronicles the proceedings of a conference held in Oslo in 2005, with an international cast of participants. It lies at the crossroads of Celtic and Scandinavian studies, and while the general subject matter--essentially, the cultural cauldron of the Viking-Celtic interactions in the Middle Ages--is well-explored territory, there are interesting presentations and novel ideas herein. Early, pre-Clontarf Viking settlements in Ireland are examined, and Irish versions of Viking names as they appeared in the Irish Annals are deciphered. Two Viking political entities--the Kingdom of Man and the Earldom of Orkney--are compared and the curious absence of native saints in the Hebrides and the Isle of Man is investigated. Christian doctrine and pagan myths sit side-by-side, influencing one another surreptitiously, and the whole question of Norse identity in the Western Isles is put to examination.

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