This volume contains contributions from leading scholars working at the forefront of Irish medieval studies. It includes essays on archaeology, ecclesiology, hagiography, medieval history, genealogy, language and literature, toponymy and digital humanities. Subjects explored include: Latin and learning in early medieval Ireland; the historical context of early medieval literature; Viking armies and the importance of the Hiberno-Norse naval fleets; Ireland and its connections with the Scandinavian world; recent studies of wooden and Romanesque churches in pre- Norman Ireland; the coming of the Anglo-Normans; hitherto unpublished Anglo-Norman charters; the origin and function of medieval rural deaneries; secular and ecclesiastical histories of later medieval Kilkenny; the ‘named son’ in 16th-century Ireland; and the contribution of digital humanities to the study of medieval texts.
Emer Purcell is a part-time lecturer in the school of history, UCC. Paul MacCotter is an IRCHSS fellow in the school of history, UCC. Julianne Nyhan is a teaching fellow in the department of Information Studies at UCL. John Sheehan is a senior lecturer in the department of archaeology, UCC.