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Ireland after the Conversion to Christianity

Bernhard Maier

in The Celts

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780748616053
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672219 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616053.003.0011
Ireland after the Conversion to Christianity

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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

Chapter.  3500 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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