Gaelic Influence in the Northumbrian Kingdom
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322 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

21 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Celtic History

Imprint: Boydell Press

Gaelic Influence in the Northumbrian Kingdom

The Golden Age and the Viking Age

by Fiona Edmonds

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First full-scale, interdisciplinary treatment of the wide-ranging connections between the Gaelic world and the Northumbrian kingdom.
Northumbria was the most northerly Anglo-Saxon kingdom; its impressive landscape featured two sweeping coastlines, which opened the area to a variety of cultural connections. This book explores influences that emanated from the Gaelic-speaking world, including Ireland, the Isle of Man, Argyll and the kingdom of Alba (the nascent Scottish kingdom). It encompasses Northumbria's "Golden Age", the kingdom's political and scholarly high-point of the seventh and early eighth centuries, and culminates with the kingdom's decline and fragmentation in the Viking Age, which opened up new links with Gaelic-Scandinavian communities. Political and ecclesiastical connections are discussed in detail; the study also covers linguistic contact, material culture and the practicalities of travel, bringing out the realities of contemporary life. This interdisciplinary approach sheds new light on the west and north of the Northumbrian kingdom, the areas linked most closely with the Gaelic world. Overall, the book reveals the extent to which Gaelic influence was multi-faceted, complex and enduring.

Dr FIONA EDMONDS is Reader in History and Director of the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University.
Preface: An Eventful Voyage
Concepts and Historiography of the Northumbrian and Gaelic Worlds: Medieval to Modern
Exiles and Emperors: Gaelic-Northumbrian Political Relations in the Golden Age
Fragmentation and Opportunity: From the Eighth Century to the Viking Age
Pathways through the Past: Routes between the Gaelic World and the Northumbrian Kingdom
A Golden Age of Ecclesiastical Contacts
Saints and Seaways in the Viking Age
Medieval Multilingualism: Gaelic Linguistic Influence in the Northumbrian Kingdom
Movement and Material Culture in the Northumbrian and Gaelic Worlds
Conclusion: Individuals and Influences
"[A] serious and substantial piece of scholarship and will prove to be an indispensable resource for many specialists studying medieval Irish and British history." Meredith D. Cutrer, Comitatus
"[A] valuable new book. . . . Edmonds has committed herself to a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach and demonstrated the possibilities open to those willing to seek out alternative material." Patrick Wadden, Speculum

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Title Details

322 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

21 b/w. 1 line. Illustrations

Series: Studies in Celtic History

Imprint: Boydell Press