Medieval Ireland, 5th-9th Century

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Medieval Ireland, 5th-9th Century

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Celtic Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module comprises a survey of the history, politics, culture, literature and society of Ireland in the Early Middle Ages (from c. AD 400 to c. AD 800). It traces the transition from a so-called 'tribal' society to one in which 'dynastic' politics are the norm, and explains how that change is reflected in society. It ends with an assessment of the Viking impact in Ireland. The lectures cover such themes as Early Irish (Brehon) law and institutions; politics and society; the origins of Irish artistic and literary culture; the beginnings of Christianity and the later evolution of the Irish Church; the Irish abroad, and the Vikings. Students are introduced to some of the original documentary material used by historians.

    On completion of this module, students will have obtained:
    - An overview of the main social, political and ecclesiastical developments in Irish society from c. AD 400 to c. AD 800
    - A knowledge of what are the principal primary sources for this period (in Latin & Old Irish) & an appreciation of how to evaluate them.
    - Acquired essay-writing skills using original source-materials

    Required Texts:
    Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Early Medieval Ireland, 400-1200 (Pearson)
    Thomas Charles-Edwards, Early Christian Ireland (Oxford 2000)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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