The History of Ireland: From the Earliest Period to the English Invasion

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P. M. Haverty, 1857 - Ireland - 746 pages
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Page 610 - Henry, king of England, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and earl of Anjou, to all his liegemen, English, Norman, Welsh and Scotch, and to all the nations under his dominion, sends greeting.
Page lii - And by the Irish custom of gavelkind the inferior tenantries were partible amongst all the males of the sept, both bastards and legitimate ; and after partition made, if any one of the sept had died, his portion was not divided among his sons, but the chief of the sept made a new partition of all the lands belonging to that sept, and gave every one his part according to his antiquity.
Page 67 - Manuscripts has, indeed, brought out the singular fact, at a period when the Fine Arts may be said to have been almost extinct in Italy and other parts of the Continent — namely, from the fifth to the end of the eighth century — a style of art had been established...
Page 67 - ... of the Gospel, the excessive minuteness of the ornamental details, the number of its decorations, the fineness of the writing and the endless variety of initial capital letters, with which every page is ornamented ; the famous Gospels of Lindisfarne, in the Cottonian Library. But this manuscript is still more valuable on account of the various pictorial representations of different scenes in the life of our Saviour, delineated in a style totally unlike that of every other school, and of which...
Page 290 - Evil was the state of Ireland during his reign; fruitless her corn, for there used to be but one grain on the stalk ; fruitless her rivers ; milkless her cattle ; plentiless her fruit, for there used to be but one acorn on the oak.
Page 407 - Surprised and indignant, the monarch instantly despatched messengers to summon the offender to his presence ; the princes seated themselves in a circle upon the grass to receive him, and on his arrival, one alone among them, Here, the son of Dego, impressed with reverence by the stranger's appearance, stood up to salute him. " That they heard with complacency, however, his account of the objects of his mission, appears from his preaching at the palace of Tara on the following day, in the presence...
Page 455 - The name of this eminent man, though not so well known throughout the Latin Church as that of another Irish saint, Columbanus, with whom ho is frequently confounded, holds a distinguished place among the Roman and other Martyrologies ; and in the British Isles will long be remembered with traditional veneration. In Ireland, rich as have been her annals in names of saintly renown, for none has she continued to cherish so fond a reverence...
Page 145 - From the many monuments ascribed to this colony by tradition, and in ancient Irish historical tales, it is quite evident that they were a real people ; and from their having been considered gods and magicians by the Gaedhil or Scoti, who subdued them, it may be inferred that they were skilled in arts which the latter did not understand.
Page 474 - This pestilence did no less harm in the island of Ireland. Many of the nobility, and of the lower ranks of the English nation...
Page 77 - ... Bodleian Library, at Oxford ; of the British Museum, and of Lambeth, in London ; and in the library of the Duke of Buckingham, at Stowe, there is an immense and most valuable collection. In the Libraries on the Continent there are also collections of Irish MSS.. particularly at Rome, Paris, and Louvain, and in the Libraries of Spain and Portugal ; and it is said that there were Irish MSS. in the Royal Library at Copenhagen, which were carried off by the Danes from Ireland, in the tenth and eleventh...

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