The Chronicle of Ireland (Liverpool University Press - by T. M. Charles-Edwards

By T. M. Charles-Edwards

Written among 431 and 740 CE, The Chronicle of eire presents specified perception into the early heritage of the Irish humans and their tradition, spiritual ideals, and political disputes. This new two-volume translation via well known student T. M. Charles-Edwards is followed through a radical advent that locations the annals of eire inside a bigger old context. The Chronicle of eire is an informative and available advent to the historical past of historic eire for either scholars and students of Irish historical past.

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2. Chronicle of Ireland 0 Prelims 20 6/4/06 3:04 PM Page 20 THE CHRONICLE OF IRELAND of Ireland. For the Clonmacnois group the issue is more difficult. It looks as though there was more revision of the text there than at Armagh. In the mideighth century the Annals of Tigernach have a string of entries recording Munster events and especially the exploits of the king of Osraige, Anmchad son of Cú Cherca; and these entries occur at or nearly at the end of annals. They may well come from a source other than the Chronicle of Ireland (which is not to say that such a possible other source did not contain reliable contemporary annals).

Lists Lay Mors / éc Iugulatio ‘killing’ Combined lay/eccl. list Unclear whether lay or eccl. 2 Combined eccl. 5 Combined lay/eccl. 2 Unclear whether lay or eccl. 2 TOTAL OF NON-OBIT ENTRIES TOTAL ENTRIES 3 3 1 10 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 24 60 8 7 4 1 0 Table under ‘battles’), and an individual killing (iugulatio, occisio). For the churchman, however, it was between a holy death (‘rest’, quies or pausatio, or ‘sleep’, dormitatio) and an ordinary non-violent death, mors. The lay and ecclesiastical categories of death did not align themselves neatly: proceeding from admirable to less admirable to lamentable they went as in Table 3.

For the Clonmacnois group the issue is more difficult. It looks as though there was more revision of the text there than at Armagh. In the mideighth century the Annals of Tigernach have a string of entries recording Munster events and especially the exploits of the king of Osraige, Anmchad son of Cú Cherca; and these entries occur at or nearly at the end of annals. They may well come from a source other than the Chronicle of Ireland (which is not to say that such a possible other source did not contain reliable contemporary annals).

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