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Tome: Studies in Medieval Celtic History and Law in Honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards


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Thomas Charles-Edwards, the distinguished scholar of medieval Britain and Ireland, has made important contributions to a number of fields, but is particularly renowned for his studies in Celtic history and law. In this volume, colleagues pay tribute to his work with essays that range across the medieval Celtic world, including medieval Wales, Ireland and Scotland. In the first part of the volume, they cover historical aspects (and, as is fitting, often reflect the honorand's interest in archaeology and epigraphy); in the second, they focus on medieval Irish and Welsh legal institutions and texts, which are used by some to inform new readings of literary texts.

Contributors: Susan Youngs, Clare Stancliffe, Catherine Swift, David N. Dumville, Elizabeth O'Brien, Edel Bhreathnach, Oliver Padel, Nancy Edwards, Thomas Owen Clancy, Marie Therese Flanagan, Huw Pryce, Roy Flechner, Robin Chapman Stacey, Wendy Davies, Sara Elin Roberts, Fergus Kelly, Bronagh Ní Chonaill, Charlene Eska, Elva Johnstáire Ní Mhaonaigh, Maredudd ap Huw.


Each of the chapters is a noteworthy contribution in the field. CAMBRIAN MEDIEVAL CELTIC STUDIES, 65, Summer 2013

A feast of learning. NORTHERN HISTORY


First Published: 21 Jul 2011
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843836612
24 black and white, 5 line drawing illustrations
Pages: 258
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
BIC Class: HBLC1

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Preface
  • 2  Cloud-Cuckoo Land? Some Christian Symbols from Post-Roman Britain
  • 3  Columbanus's Monasticism and the Sources of his Inspiration: from Basil to the Master?
  • 4  Early Irish Priests within their Own Localities
  • 5  Political Organisation in Dál Riata
  • 6  Irish Boundary Ferta, their Physical Manifestation and Historical Context
  • 7  Asser's Parochia of Exeter
  • 8  Viking-Age Sculpture in North-West Wales: Wealth, Power, Patronage and the Christian Landscape
  • 9  Iona v. Kells: Succession, Jurisdiction and Politics in the Columban Familia in the Later Tenth Century
  • 10  A Twelfth-Century Indulgence Granted by an Irish Bishop at Bath Priory
  • 11  Gerald of Wales, Gildas, and the Descriptio Kambriae
  • 12  Patrick's Reasons for Leaving Britain
  • 13  Learning Law in Medieval Ireland
  • 14  Holding Court: Judicial Presidency in Brittany, Wales and Northern Iberia in the Early Middle Ages
  • 15  The Iorwerth Triads
  • 16  The Recovery of Stolen Property: Notes on Legal Procedure in Gaelic Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man
  • 17  Contentious Kinship: the Penumbra of Established Kinship in Medieval Irish Law
  • 18  Marriage by Purchase in Early Irish Law
  • 19  Kingship Made Real? Power and the Public World in Longes Mac nUislenn
  • 20  Mongán's Metamorphosis: Compert Mongáin ocus Serce Duibe Lacha do Mongán, a Later Mongán Tale
  • 21  Bibliography of the Writings of Thomas Charles-Edwards