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Rome and the Isles: Ireland, England and the Rhetoric of Orthodoxy

Damian Bracken

in Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264508
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734120 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.003.0004

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Rome and the Isles: Ireland, England and the Rhetoric of Orthodoxy

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This chapter examines the Roman influence on the religious orthodoxy in Ireland and England. It explains that the earliest writers presented the adoption of Christianity as a spiritual rebirth which transcended their physical birth. The chapter also suggests that the earliest of Irish literature can be considered a forceful affirmation of the importance of Christian universality and an indictment of those who refused to acknowledge the significance of this principle or who would undermine it.

Keywords: religious orthodoxy; Roman influence; Ireland; England; Christianity; spiritual rebirth; Christian universality

Chapter.  11148 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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