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Theories of national identity in early medieval Ireland

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Despite the political disunity of early Irish society, theories and expressions of national identity abounded in the work of the learned classes of clerics, genealogists, poets and lawyers. This thesis examines texts from two crucial periods in the evolution of these theories.

Focusing initially on the seventh and eighth centuries, the first part of the thesis argues that Irish national identity was created as part of a campaign to assert the joint authority of the Uí Néill kings of ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Exeter College
Department:
Humanities Division - History Faculty
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Publication date:
2011
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
URN:
uuid:49c662b9-4e14-41b3-972e-ed8475f324c5
Local pid:
ora:6283

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