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The Church in Early Irish Society

By Kathleen Hughes Copyright 1966
    314 Pages
    by Routledge

    314 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Originally published in 1966, The Church in Early Irish Society traces the history of the church right up until the twelfth century. It gives an account of the problems which arose when the organization of the Christian church, imported from the urban bureaucracy of the Roman Empire, had to be adapted to the society of early Ireland. The book also looks at the legal texts of the sixth seventh and eighth centuries and attempts through them, to trace the gradual process of modification which culminated in the eighth century, when the church now fully adjusted to Irish society, reached a so-far unprecedented height of power and influence. The book also examines the issues faced in the ninth century by the Viking raids and settlements.


    Part I: Birth

    1 The Heathen Celts

    2. East Mediterranean Christianity

    3. The Western Provinces

    4. The First Missionaries

    Part II: Growth

    5. The Problems of the Sixth-Century Church

    6. The Foundation of Monastic Paruchiae

    7. The When and Why of Early Monastic Paruchiae

    8. Bishops and Monastic Confederations in the Seventh Century

    9. Ireland and the Outside World

    10. Seventh-Century Controversies

    11. Armagh’s Claims to Archiepiscopal Authority

    Part III: Maturity

    12. Irish Canonists and the Secular Law

    13. Monastic Establishment

    14. The Uses of Power

    15. The ‘Abuses’ of Power

    16. Ascetic Revival

    17. The Influence of the Ascetic Revival

    Part IV: Adversity and Recovery

    18. The Church and the Viking Terror

    19. The Ecclesiastical Order and the Early Viking Settlement

    20. The World in the Church

    21. Spiritual, Intellectual, and Artistic Life

    22. Restoration

    Part V: Transmutation

    23. Influences from Abroad

    24. Reformation and Revolution


    Liber Angeli


    Select Bibliography


    Map of Ireland


    Kathleen Hughes