The church in early Irish society.

Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University Press [1966] .

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Subjects Celtic Church.
Church history -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Church history -- Middle Ages.
Ireland -- Church history -- 600-1500.
Ireland -- Church history -- To 1172.
Description xii, 303 pages illustrations, folded color map 23 cm
Copyright Date [1966]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-292).
Summary This 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 heroic society of early Ireland. How was church government in Ireland brought into line with the secular law, and were the changes made without protest? These questions are traced from early legal texts from the sixth century onwards, and show the gradual process of modification which culminated in the eighth century, when the church, now fully adjusted to Irish society, reached an unprecedented height of power. In the ninth century, the Viking raids and settlements provided new problems in relation to spiritual vitality of the Irish. This book traces the history of the church in Ireland up through the twelfth century. The main emphasis is on the church as an institution, but it also examines what Christianity meant to different people at different times and illustrates some of Ireland's contacts with England and the continent. -- Publisher description
Contents The heathen Celts -- East Mediterranean Christianity -- The western provinces -- The first missionaries -- The problems of the sixth-century church -- The foundation of monastic paruchiae -- The when and why of early monastic paruchiae -- Bishops and monastic confederations in the seventh century -- Ireland and the outside world -- Seventh-century controversies -- Armagh's claims to archiepiscopal authority -- Irish canonists and the secular law -- Monastic establishment -- The uses of power -- The 'abuses' of power -- Ascetic revival -- The influence of the ascetic revival -- The church and the Viking terror -- The ecclesiastical order and the early Viking settlement -- The world in the church -- Spiritual, intellectual, and artistic life -- Restoration -- Influences from abroad -- Reformation and revolution.
Genre Church history.
Geographic Area Ireland
Network Numbers (OCoLC)382281
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WorldCat Identities Hughes, Kathleen, 1926-1977.
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