City of God

Charles Doherty, Linda Doran & Mary Kelly, editors

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-170-7
June 2011. 448pp; large format, colour ills.

Glendalough is one of the most enchanting archaeological and monastic sites in Ireland. Yet for all its familiarity the complex retains a serenity that signals a special place outside the concerns of this world – a City of God. This book breaks new ground by considering the site in this light. For the first time the entirety of the complex is explored – its archaeology, history, liturgy and intellectual concerns – and a clear picture emerges of the highly developed society which has left us a profoundly beautiful site.

This book is based on lectures given to the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, as well as the 'Lectures for the curious' series at Glendalough, and at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds. The volume is lavishly illustrated throughout. For those who do not know Glendalough, the superb photographs will enthral, and for those who do, they will reveal a Glendalough that few have observed.

Contributors: Sara G. Casey (U Pittsburgh); Charles Doherty (UCD); Colmán Etchingham (NUIM); Peter Harbison (RIA); Lorcan Harney (UCD); Aideen M. Ireland (National Archives); Brian Lacey (Discovery Programme); Ailbhe MacShamhráin (NUIM); Melanie C. Maddox (U St Andrews); Daniel P. Mc Carthy (TCD); Rachel Moss (TCD); Máirín Ní Cheallaigh (TCD); Tomás Ó Carragáin (UCC); Raghnall Ó Floinn (NMI); Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel (UCC); Diarmuid Ó Riain (Ind.); Pádraig Ó Riain (UCC); Jean-Michel Picard (UCD); Martina Pozdechova.

Editors: Charles Doherty is a senior lecturer in the School of History and Archives, UCD. Linda Doran lectures in medieval history at UCD. Mary Kelly is a guide for the Office of Public Works at Glendalough.