THE ISLAND OF ST PATRICK
Church and Ruling Dynasties in Fingal and Meath, 400-1148

AILBHE MACSHAMHRAIN
192pp ILLUS 2004 OUT OF PRINT P541

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The papers in this volume explore themes of early Christianity in Ireland, from the introduction of the faith (popularly associated with St Patrick) to the twelfth-century church reform. Conversion, ecclesiastical settlement, cult development and ecclesiastical organisation -- against a background of dynastic politics -- are viewed in microcosm through focus on the medieval kingdom of Brega, which includes Fingal and most of County Meath.