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Author McCaffrey, Carmel.
Title In search of ancient Ireland : the origins of the Irish, from neolithic times to the coming of the English / by Carmel McCaffrey and Leo Eaton.
Imprint Chicago : New Amsterdam Books, 2002.

Author McCaffrey, Carmel.
Subject Ireland -- History -- To 1172.
Ireland -- History -- English Conquest, 1166-1186.
Ireland -- Civilization -- To 1172.
Alt Name Eaton, Leo.
Description xiv, 286 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-275) and index.
Contents First Irish -- Age of bronze -- Ireland and the Celtic culture -- Pagan Celtic religion and laws -- St. Patrick - patron saint of the Irish -- Rise of Celtic spirituality -- Saints and scribes -- Irish monasteries and scholars -- Raiders from the sea -- Viking kings in Dublin -- Brian Boru - emperor of the Irish -- How the English came to Ireland -- Chronology of early Irish history.
Summary "The Irish, as Carmel McCaffrey and Leo Eaton show in In Search of Ancient Ireland, are not Celtic in an archaeological sense. And there were plenty of bishops in Ireland before a British missionary called Patrick arrived." "Most of what we think of as Irish is a product of the nineteenth century. Many times in the past five thousand years Ireland has stood at the heart of European culture. In the middle of the eighth century B.C. it may have been the wealthiest place in Europe." "Ms. McCaffrey and Mr. Eaton trace the history, archaeology, and legends of ancient Ireland from 9000 B.C., when nomadic hunter-gatheres appeared in Ireland at the end of the last Ice Age - to 1167 A.D., when a Norman invasion brought the country under control of the English crown for the first time." "The authors visited monasteries and ring forts, climbed mountains and delved deep into sacred caves, and were accompanied on this journey through the historical landscape by many of Ireland's best-known scholars, historians, archaeologists, poets, and storytellers." "Ireland's ancient past is still filled with many mysteries. But because of a cascade of new archaeological discoveries and new techniques for interpreting them, the truth about this past is coming into sharper focus. This book is replete with new information, some of it at odds with what many Irish descendants believe about their ancestral home."--BOOK JACKET.
ISBN 1561310727 (acid-free paper)
9781561310722 (acid-free paper)
156663525X (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781566635257 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC # 49312715

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