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The "Iona Chronicle" And Irish Politico-Ecclesiastical Connections: The Transmission of a Text Reconsidered

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Author: Budiansky, Andrew
Advisor: Daileader, Philip
Committee Members: Conlee, John W.; Popper, Nicholas Seth, 1977-
Issued Date: 6/15/2012
Subjects: St. Columba
Colum Cille
Early Medieval Ireland
Irish Annals
Lex Innocentium
Easter Controversy
Adomnán, hagiography
Dál Riata
Cenél Conail
Uí Néill
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/16653
Description: The Iona Chronicle is an important source of chronology for the history of early medieval northern Britain and Ireland, given the prominence of the ecclesiastical center in several spheres of influence. In the mid-eighth century, a copy of the chronicle appears to have been transferred to a monastic house within the Ionan familia in Ireland. This work will explore the reasons for the transfer using both the early chronicle evidence (preserved in the later surviving manuscripts collectively termed the Irish Annals) as well as the seventh- and eighth-century geopolitical and ecclesiastical context of northern Britain and Ireland. In doing so, it will contend that the transfer was part of an Ionan assertion and extension of influence in Ireland, in conjunction with secular kin ties, as opposed to the scholarly view that some outside militaristic pressure necessarily encouraged the transferal of an Iona Chronicle copy to Ireland. On a larger scale, it will illustrate the complexity and sophistication of ecclesiastical and political affairs in the early medieval period, in contrast to the common depictions of northern Britain and Ireland as remote, insignificant or 'savage,' based on their distance from the center of the Christian world.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in History

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