In the film adaptation of “The Field”, the parish priest proclaims Christianity to be a “thin veneer” over Irish people, in a derogatory reference both the people and pre-Christian Paganism alike. This idea of Christianity being a thin veneer runs contrary to the notion of medieval Ireland being an “island of saints and scholars” but is there any truth to this idea? Exactly how Christian was early Irish Christianity?
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Posted in 5th century, 6th century, 7th century, Catholic Church, Christianity, Early Christian Ireland, early medieval, historiography, Irish history, Medieval Europe, Medieval history, Medieval Monasticism, O Neills, Paganism, Roman History, St Patrick, tagged christianity, conversion, kingship, lug, pagan, Pagan ritual, Paganism, St Brigid, tailtiu on March 30, 2011 | 5 Comments »
Posted in 5th century, 6th century, 7th century, Catholic Church, Christianity, Early Christian Ireland, early medieval, Gaelic Ireland, historical tours, ireland, Irish history, Medieval Monasticism, St Patrick, tagged History st patrick, Paddy's day, Saint Patrick, St Patrick, St Patricks day on March 15, 2011 | 4 Comments »
Episode 7: Around the world on March 17th, millions of people will attend St Patrick’s day parades in memory of the man who supposedly “converted the Irish to Christianity”. He is a figure shrouded in mystery and myth but in this podcast we examine the truth behind the one time slave and famous bishop Patrick. Tune in to hear the real history behind Ireland’s conversion, who St. Patrick really was and how he become associated with snakes and shamrocks….
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Posted in 5th century, 6th century, 7th century, Christianity, Early Christian Ireland, early medieval, Economy, Episode 1, Episodes, Gaelic Ireland, Irish history, Medieval history, Podcast, tagged Archaeology, Gaelic society, ireland, Irish history, Medieval, medieval life expectancy, Paganism, Roman Empire on March 19, 2010 | 7 Comments »
Have you ever been puzzled by history? Did people really only live to 40? What was it like to go to a medieval dentist? Maybe you’ve been puzzled how people survived before email, phones, cars or even proper roads? Well if you have the Irish history podcast is for you! The series tracks Irish history and archaeology trying to understand what daily life was like for normal people whilst also tracking the big picture of war, politics and needless to say invasions.
The first episode looks at early medieval Ireland, a world called Barbarian by the Romans. What did Ireland look like to the first missionaries from Rome and see how the Gaelic Irish lived. It also examines how people dealt with low life expectancy and constant death.
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