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Trouble at the White House: Anglo-Irish Relations and the Cult of St Martin

Juliet Mullins

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/9780197264508.003.0006

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Trouble at the White House: Anglo-Irish Relations and the Cult of St Martin

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This chapter examines the doubtful issues in Bede's account of the pre-Viking history of Britain and Ireland in his Historia Ecclesiastica (HE). It focuses on the section of the HE where Bede attributed the conversion of the Picts to the work of Columba and the Christianisation of the southern Picts to one Nynia episcopo reuerentissimo et sanctissimo uiro de natione Brettonum. The chapter explores the origins of the cult of Saint Martin of Tours and considers what evidence it might offer about the nexus of influences operating upon Bede's account of the conversion.

Keywords: Bede; pre-Viking history; Britain; Ireland; Historia Ecclesiastica; Picts; religious conversion; Columba; Christianisation; Saint Martin

Chapter.  7132 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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