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The CeltsA History from Earliest Times to the Present$
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Bernhard Maier

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780748616053

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616053.001.0001

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Ireland after the Conversion to Christianity

Ireland after the Conversion to Christianity

(p.124) Chapter 10 Ireland after the Conversion to Christianity
The Celts

Bernhard Maier

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter traces the history of Ireland after the conversion to Christianity. It is highly likely that British captives who were carried off to Ireland brought Christianity with them. Above and beyond this, it must be supposed that Irish settlers in the south-west of Wales were exposed to the new religion and spread their knowledge of it in their continuing contact with their old homeland. Saint Patrick organised the early Irish Church on the basis of bishoprics, of which Armagh later acquired the greatest importance. In the sixth century, however, this organisation was relegated to the background by the establishment of a great number of monasteries. The chapter then describes legal texts that provide information about social life in Ireland in the seventh and eighth centuries, and aspects of political history.

Keywords:   Irish Church, Saint Patrick, religion, Christianity, legal texts, social life, political history

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