History and Salvation in Lebor na hUidre

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Abstract

This chapter argues that the scribes of Lebor na hUidre show a persistent concern with eschatology, and in particular with the salvation of souls and the Last Judgement. In some cases the texts are overtly religious, but in a substantial number of cases they are explicitly or implicitly historical. The pivotal event is the mission of St Patrick, which is identified in several of the texts examined here as the origin of Christianity in Ireland. Pagans are repeatedly brought into contact with Christians/saints or other representatives of God, revealing the victory of Christianity and the subjugation of paganism. It is argued that the stories are to be placed within the medieval western theory of history according to which God’s plan for humanity was revealed through a study of the events of the past.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCodices Hibernenses Eximii I: Lebor na hUidre
EditorsRuairí Ó hUiginn
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherRoyal Irish Academy
Pages131-153
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781908996602
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

Publication series

NameCodices Hibernenses Eximii
PublisherRoyal Irish Academy
Volume1

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