Irish Royal Charters: Texts and Contexts

Hardcover | October 15, 2004

byMarie Therese Flanagan

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The Latin charters issued by Irish kings in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, although comparatively few in number, constitute an important body of evidence owing to the scarcity of Irish documentary sources by contrast with narrative, annalistic and literary texts. Their value is greatlyenhanced by the fact that chronologically they span the traditional historiographical division between pre-Anglo-Norman and post-Anglo-Norman Ireland and in form are comparable with the charters generated by the English crown and Anglo-Norman settlers in Ireland from 1167 onwards. They thereforecontribute to a more balanced assessment of Irish society on the eve on Anglo-Norman intervention in Ireland. The context for the introduction of the Latin charter undoubtedly was the ecclesiastical reform movement that dominated western Christendom from about 1050 onwards and which began to have a discernible impact on the Irish church from no later than c.1100. All the extant Irish royal charters wereissued in favour of ecclesiastical beneficiaries and were demonstrably a product of collaboration between Irish kings and reformist clergy. Irish kings, however, were not merely passive recipients of this new documentary reform. They proved adept at exploiting it as a vehicle for theirself-promotion and expansion of royal authority. German imperial chancery practice, for example, provided the stylistic model for a charter issued by Diarmait Mac Carthaig, king of Desmond c.1173x7. The known involvement of Diarmait's family with the Schottenkloster of Southern Germany affords aready explanation for what might otherwise appear to be surprising German influence. The Irish royal charters materially advance understanding of aspects of the ecclesiastical and secular politics of twelfth-century Ireland. This is the first modern edition of the texts, exploring textualtransmission and authenticating criteria and providing commentary on their content and historical significance together with detailed annotations of personal and place-names.

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The Latin charters issued by Irish kings in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, although comparatively few in number, constitute an important body of evidence owing to the scarcity of Irish documentary sources by contrast with narrative, annalistic and literary texts. Their value is greatlyenhanced by the fact that chronologically th...

Marie Therese Flanagan is a Senior Lecturer, School of History, The Queen's University of Belfast.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:468 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.24 inPublished:October 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionIrish and Latin Charters1. The Use of Documentary Evidence in Pre-Anglo-Norman Ireland2. The Form and Function of the Latin charter in the European TraditionLatin Charters Issued by Irish Kings Before Anglo-Norman Intervention3. Charters of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster4. Charter of Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn, King of Cenel nEogain and high-kingLatin Charters Issued by Irish Kings After Anglo-Norman Intervention5. Charters of Domnall Ua Briain, King of Thomond6. Charter of Diarmait Mac Carthaig, King of Desmond7. Charter of Diarmait Ua Dimmusaig, King of Ui Failge8. Four Thirteenth-Century Irish Royal Charters in Favour of the Cistercian Abbey of CiteauxConclusion9. Gift-Giving Kings and Their Charters as Expressions of Power and PietyCharter-Texts10. Charter of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster, to Felix, abbot of Osraige11. Charter of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster, granting land in Bentraige to Felix, abbot of Osraige12. Charter of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster, to Edanus, bishop of Louth13. Examplification of the Charter of Diarmait Mac Murchada, king of Leinster, to Edanus, bishop of Louth, enrolled on the curia regis roll, 52 Henry III, 126814. Charter of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster, to St Mary's Abbey, Ferns15. Charter of Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn, King of Cenel nEogain and high-king, to Newry Abbey16. Charter of Domnall Ua Briain, King of Thomond, to Holy Cross Abbey17. Charter of Domnall Ua Briain, King of Thomond, to Brictius, bishop of Limerick18. Charter of Domnall Ua Briain, King of Thomond, to Kilcooly Abbey19. Charter of Domnall Ua Briain, King of Thomond, to Clare Abbey20. Charter of Diarmait Mac Carthaig, King of Desmond, to the church of St John the Evangelist, Cork21. Charter of Diarmait Ua Dimmusaig, King of Ui Failge, to the monks of Ros Glais22. Charter of Aed Ua Conchobair, King of Connacht, to Citeaux23. Charter of Donnchad Cairprech Ua Briain, King of Thormond, to Citeaux24. Charter from Nobles of Thormond to Citeaux25. Charter of Conchobar Ua Briain, King of Thormond, to CiteauxWord IndexPersonal Name IndexAppendicesBibliographyIndex