A History of Ireland: From the Earliest Times to 1922 by Edmund Curtis

By Edmund Curtis

Edmund Curtis's awesome survey of eire, from its earliest origins to the 20th century, is a vintage advent to Ireland's interesting heritage. attaining from St Patrick's challenge in 432 to the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1922, this authoritative textual content explores the formative occasions of Ireland's prior and encompasses the Norman invasion, Gaelic restoration, Cromwell's payment, the Act of Union, and the good Famine.

Lucid and scholarly, this all-embracing account unfolds the occasions of Ireland's heritage and the tale of its humans, via an exam in their political, spiritual, social, monetary and cultural prior. Ireland's detailed heritage is printed right here during the 'moving forces, the determining evidence, and the lads who mattered'.

Featuring a chronology of key dates in Irish background and a tenet to the pronunciation of Irish names, this celebrated narrative now incorporates a new creation via Sean Duffy.

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The Hildebrandine reform added still further emphasis, and Ireland was included in the programme of ‘Unity and Purity’ which Gregory VII pronounced. The Norman archbishops of Canterbury from Lanfranc on, in virtue of their claim derived from Augustine to be supreme over all the British isles, pointed out in various letters to the Irish leaders the need of a general purification. Ireland was asked to accept all the essentials of the Western Church, the supreme authority of Rome, conformity to one ritual, canonical marriage, a 33 A HISTORY OF IRELAND proper episcopate under Roman authority, celibacy and tithes for the clergy, and the freedom of the Church from lay domination.

800 North and of the South, or Meath. From Murchertach Mac Erca descended the local kings of the Ui Néill of the North. The High king Diarmait, head of the southern Ui Néill, had two sons, Colman and Aed Sláine. From the first of these came the later kings of Meath, who had rivals for centuries in the descendants of Aed. The succession in the High kingship was uncertain up to the year 734, then up to 1022 it ran alternately between the Ui Néill of the north and the Ui Néill, that is, the Clan Colman, of the south.

19 A HISTORY OF IRELAND The first raids of the sea-kings fell upon Orkney, Shetland, and the Hebrides, where they set up petty earldoms. In 830 the pressure was so severe that the abbot of Iona and his monks fled to Downpatrick with the relics of Columba. Thus was Iona, that ‘light of learning and piety’ which had shone so long in the north-west, extinguished. Armagh took its place definitely as the head-quarters of Irish Christianity. As the hordes of viking ships grew, the kingdoms of Ireland and Scotland were cut off, Scottish Dalriada was united with the kingdom of the Picts, and about 840 Kenneth Mac Alpin became the first ‘king of Picts and Scots’.

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