The Irish-Scottish World in the Middle Ages

Seán Duffy, David Ditchburn & Peter Crooks, editors

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-635-1
April 2025. 320pp; ills.

In this volume, the proceedings of the second Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium (marking the 700th anniversary of the invasion of Ireland by Edward, brother of King Robert Bruce of Scotland), experts explore crucial aspects of Irish–Scottish links in the Middle Ages. Do the origins of modern Scotland lie in Ireland? To what extent did the legacy of Colum Cille of Iona define relations between the two regions – in political, ecclesiastical, literary and artistic terms? Is the Book of Kells ‘Irish’ or ‘Scottish’? What were the impacts of Viking and then Anglo-Norman attempts at conquest? Did contacts intensify with the recruitment of Hebridean galloglass by the chieftains of Gaelic Ulster and elsewhere or were ancient bonds on the wane as the Middle Ages drew to a close?

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Contributors: Dauvit Broun (U Glasgow), Thomas Owen Clancy (U Glasgow), James E. Fraser (U Guelph), Bernard Meehan (TCD), Benjamin Hudson (Penn State U), Alex Woolf (U St Andrews), R.A. McDonald (Brock U), Michael Penman (U Stirling), Seán Duffy (TCD), Robin Frame (Durham U), Katharine Simms (TCD), Maritn Macgregor (U Glasgow), MIchael Brown (U St Andrews).

Seán Duffy, David Ditchburn and Peter Crooks lecture in the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin.