Royal Inauguration in Gaelic Ireland C. 1100-1600: A Cultural Landscape Study

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Boydell Press, 2004 - History - 294 pages
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This investigation considers the places on the Irish landscape where open-air Gaelic royal inauguration assemblies were held in the period c. 1100-1600. Specially designated inauguration sites played an important role in the political life of Gaelic lordships in later medieval Ireland. Gaelic ruling families often appropriated prehistoric ritual landscapes for their royal assemblies in order to attach the pedigree of a royal candidate to an illustrious past; such sites might be an alleged burial place of an eponymous ancestor or a legendary heroic figure, or an ancient landscape associated with renowned events. This study of their physical appearance, place-names, and geographical and historical contexts ranges over all the archaeological sites identified as inauguration places - enclosures, sepulchral mounds, natural places, ringforts and churches, and associated inauguration furniture in the form of 'leaca' and stone thrones, basin stones and sacred trees. Irish royal assembly places and practices are viewed in relation to sites elsewhere in Britain and greater Europe, and the circumstances that brought about the ending of the Gaelic practice of inauguration are also considered. ELIZABETH FitzPATRICK is Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology, National University of Ireland, Galway.
  

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Contents

Chapter
13
Chapter 2
41
Chapter 3
99
STONE THRONES
131
Chapter 5
173
Chapter 6
195
Epilogue
213
List of Attested Inauguration Sites
227
Footprint Stones at Church Sites or Attributed to Saints
235
Provenancing the Chair of Clann Aodha Buidhe Michael J Simms
243
Bibliography
249
Placename Index
269
Personalname and Collectivename Index
283
Series List Studies in Celtic History
295
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Elizabeth Fitzpatrick teaches at St Andrew s College, Booterstown, Co Dublin

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