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The Practicalities of Communication between Northumbrian and Irish Churches, <i>c</i>.635–735

Fiona Edmonds

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/9780197264508.003.0007

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Practicalities of Communication between Northumbrian and Irish Churches, c.635–735

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This chapter examines the relation between Northumbrian and Irish churches during the period between 635 and 735. It suggests that the journeys of churchmen between Ireland and Northumbria were in some ways inextricably linked with those of their lay counterparts and that the development of major ecclesiastical establishments during the seventh and early eighth centuries added a new dimension to trans-Irish Sea contact. The chapter also explains why the trans-Irish Sea contact did not cease in 664 when formal links between Lindisfarne on the one hand, and Iona and the Columban churches in Ireland, on the other, were terminated.

Keywords: Northumbrian churches; Irish churches; churchmen; Ireland; Northumbria; ecclesiastical establishments; Irish Sea; Lindisfarne; Columban churches

Chapter.  8634 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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