Divided Gaels: Gaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland 1200-1650

Hardcover | September 12, 2005

byWilson McLeod

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In this detailed and absorbing study, Wilson McLeod challenges the familiar view that Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Ireland formed a cultural unit during the late middle ages and early modern period. Many commentators have emphasized the strong cultural and political ties that bound the'sea-divided' Gaels together during this era, when Scottish Gaels supplied crucial military forces to the Gaelic Irish chiefs, and poets and learned men travelled extensively between the two countries. Dr McLeod tests this view of a unified Gaelic 'culture-province' by examination of the survivingsources, especially formal bardic poetry. Although the evidence is patchy and occasionally contradictory, he is able to show that Ireland was culturally dominant. While Scottish Gaeldom attached great significance to the Irish connection, viewing Ireland as the wellspring of historical andcultural prestige, Irish Gaeldom, McLeod argues, perceived Scotland as distant and peripheral.

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In this detailed and absorbing study, Wilson McLeod challenges the familiar view that Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Ireland formed a cultural unit during the late middle ages and early modern period. Many commentators have emphasized the strong cultural and political ties that bound the'sea-divided' Gaels together during this era, when S...

Wilson McLeod is a Lecturer in Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:302 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.8 inPublished:September 12, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Political and Cultural Background2. Literary and Intellectual Culture in the Gaelic World3. Scotland and Ireland: The Vision of Bardic Poetry4. Separation and BreakdownConclusionAppendixesBibliographyIndexes

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`Wilson McLeod should be warmly thanked for bringing the considerable fruit of his research into the public domain so speedily from its own initial existence as a PhD thesis. It is formidable research, and there is a great deal here to work with; his catalogue of poems at the back is aloneextremely helpful.'ROSC