By Pauline Stafford
Drawing on 28 unique essays, A spouse to the Early center Ages takes an inclusive method of the historical past of england and eire from c.500 to c.1100 to beat man made differences of recent nationwide barriers.
A collaborative historical past from prime students, masking the foremost debates and concerns
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124; Johnston, “Early Irish history,” p. 342; Ó Corráin in MacNeill, Celtic Ireland (1981). Binchy, “Irish history and Irish law: II,” p. 32. , Binchy, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Kingship and “Irish history and Irish law: I and II”; Byrne, Irish Kings and High-kings. Ó Corráin, “Nationality and kingship”; see also, Etchingham, “Early medieval Irish history,” discussing the work of James Carney and others. ” Orpen, Ireland under the Normans. , Grant, “The construction of the early Scottish state”; cf.
29 Davies excludes studies of kinship from the deﬁnition of social history, no doubt because, as the study of structures, it does not provide an explanation of change – essential to part, at least, of history’s task. This is a substantial criticism, though one that applies to much recent history in general, which has been more concerned with questions about the working of societies than about change in them. It also implies that socioeconomic – if not solely economic – factors are the major, if not only, stimuli to change, not a premise on which this book has been planned.
The impact of viking invasions on churches, and thus on documentary survival, has often been stressed, and the loss, for example, of what was clearly once an outstanding early library at York is probably due to this. The destruction and dispersal of monastic archives in parts of Britain and Ireland at the Reformation was a tragedy. And, as a result, a lot of the surviving Irish material ended up in continental libraries. But it is still the case that documents in ecclesiastical hands had a far greater chance of long-term survival than those in the hands of lay people.
A Companion to the Early Middle Ages: Britain and Ireland, c.500-c.1100 by Pauline Stafford