The Irish Annals: Their Genesis, Evolution and History
Collectively the Irish annals represent a substantial and important source for the history and culture of Ireland. These texts provide the primary witness for much of early medieval Irish history, and for many key events and persons up until c.1600. Many of the most important of these texts passed into the possession of 17th-century Anglo-Irish scholars, and it was principally their work which formed the basis for all modern scholarship on them. However, examination of their work shows that a number of the accepted hypotheses rest upon assertions of opinion, and are unsupported by any textual evidence. This book first re-examines the manuscript evidence, commencing with an account of the primary manuscript witnesses for the ten most characteristic annalistic texts. It then reviews the scholarly literature relating to the annalistic corpus and identifies those hypotheses that are not supported by the available evidence. Next, based upon a critical evaluation of both the textual and chronological characteristics of the texts, the book establishes, where possible, the place, author(s), time and salient characteristics of the compilations that have contributed to the development of these ten texts. The penultimate chapter reviews the chronology of these texts and identifies the basis for a synchronised chronology for them all.
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Adomnan Annalistic Annals of Ulster anno Armagh AU's Bede Bede's Brian canons Cashel Cathal century Christian chronological apparatus Circa Cleirigh Clonmacnoise chronicle Clonmacnoise group collation commenced compilation Connacht copy Cuana Derry Dub da Leithe Dubhaltach Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh Dumville ecclesiastical Ecgberht edition entries epactal Eusebius exemplar ferial Fermanagh Figure Fir Bolg Gilla Coemain Grabowski hypothesis identified incipit interjections interpolated Iona chronicle Ireland Irish Annals Iserninus kalends kings lacuna Latin Liber Cuanach Mac Airt Mac Maghnusa Mac Neill Mac Niocaill Mael Mageoghagan Maoilin marginal Mc Carthy monastery Moville Muraile O'Conor O'Curry obit Patrick preface purview Rawl references Regarding regnal regnal-canon reigns Ruaidhri Ua Rufinus scribe Septuagint shows subsequent substantial synchronized textual Tigernach transcribed Ua Caiside Ua Caiside's Ua Luinin Ui Duibhgeannain Ui Maoil Chonaire Ui Maoil Chonaire-II Ulster Ussher Vulgate Ware Ware's world history written