Celtic and Early Christian Wexford: AD 400 to 1166 Edward Culleton

ISBN: 9781851825158

Published: November 10th 1999

Hardcover

238 pages


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Celtic and Early Christian Wexford: AD 400 to 1166  by  Edward Culleton

Celtic and Early Christian Wexford: AD 400 to 1166 by Edward Culleton
November 10th 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 238 pages | ISBN: 9781851825158 | 6.74 Mb

The introduction of Christianity in the fifth century changed Ireland irrevocably. How and why did this transition from a pagan, Celtic society occur and what were its consequences? In this unique, multidisciplinary study, the author provides theMoreThe introduction of Christianity in the fifth century changed Ireland irrevocably. How and why did this transition from a pagan, Celtic society occur and what were its consequences?

In this unique, multidisciplinary study, the author provides the answers to these questions for County Wexford, which he sets against the broader backdrop of Irish political and ecclesiastical history. Traces of the Celts are explored, including hillforts, Lughnasa sites, the druids and their beliefs and the druids centre at Carnsore Point.The origins of Christianity in southeast Ireland, the lives of the early saints, Ibar, Abban, Aidan and Munnu are examined from a new, more revealing perspective, in line with modern scholarship.

The nature, practices, and demands of the new religion, as well as the foundation, rise and eventual decline of the monasteries of Ferns and Taghmon and other ecclesiastical sites, numbering almost one hundred, are discussed. Making this account particularly valuable is its setting within the sometimes turbulent rise to power of the Ui Cheinnselaig and their dynasty and their internecine struggles for the kingship and control of the richly-endowed monastery of Ferns.

The function and distribution pattern of the hundreds of raths in the county and their relation to environmental factors such as land quality, climate and elevation is clearly demonstrated.Adding further to the rich historical weave the Norse established Wexford town and a strong Viking settlement in south Wexford. The designation of the diocese of Ferns at the Synod of Rathbreasail in 1111 and the evolution of the parish structure marked the end of the Early Christian period.



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