Understanding the Universe in Seventh-Century Ireland

June 1996
4 line illustrations
349 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Celtic History
ISBN: 9780851153131
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press

Understanding the Universe in Seventh-Century Ireland

Marina Smyth

Works of early Irish authors include a strong biblical component, but indicate that independent thought is accepted.
Scarcity of scientific data, a real interest in the physical world, and the need to validate the scriptures encouraged seventh-century Irish scholars toward critical reflection on scientific matters. Their world-view was based on materials drawn from the Bible, on earlier Christian works and on personal reflection and contemplation. This volume looks at the Irish contribution to the development of western thought in the early middle ages.
MARINA SMYTHis librarian of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, and teaches early medieval cultural history.


Should be in the library of anyone engaged in the study of early Irish civilization, early medieval Western cultural history, late antiquity, or the history of science. CAMBRIAN MEDIEVAL AND CELTIC STUDIES Excellent study...an important and well-written book about the simple but sensible cosmology of early Irish scholars. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW

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