Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory

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Yale University Press, 2010 - Architecture - 392 pages

This is the first book devoted to churches in Ireland dating from the arrival of Christianity in the fifth century to the early stages of the Romanesque around 1100, including those built to house treasures of the golden age of Irish art, such as the Book of Kells and the Ardagh chalice. Carrag in's comprehensive survey of the surviving examples forms the basis for a far-reaching analysis of why these buildings looked as they did, and what they meant in the context of early Irish society. Carrag in also identifies a clear political and ideological context for the first Romanesque churches in Ireland and shows that, to a considerable extent, the Irish Romanesque represents the perpetuation of a long-established architectural tradition.

 

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Contents

ARCHITECTURE AND MEMORY
143
ARCHITECTURE AND RITUAL
167
SACRED CITIES AND PASTORAL CENTRES AFTER 900
215
DUBL1N AND GLENDALOUGH AROUND 11OO
235
DOUBLEVAULTED CHURCHES AROUND 1100
255
ep1logue
293
descr1pt1ve l1st or 1r1sh preromanf sque churches
305
NOTES
316
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About the author (2010)

Tomás Ó Carragáin lectures in the Department of Archaeology, University College Cork.

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