Making provincial kingship in early medieval Ireland: Cashel and the creation of Munster

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Abstract

This chapter explores the development of a kingdom of Munster through the lens of the evolution of the Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary. Traditionally regarded as the provincial capital of Munster from at least the beginning of the early medieval period, it is argued instead that the provincial status of the Rock emerged out of political discourses associated with the creation of a kingdom of Munster during the 7th to 9th centuries. Alternative seas of kingship, rivals to Cashel and the politics associated with these early centres of kingship are explored with reference to their wider implications for provincial models of later prehistoric and early medieval Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower and place in late Roman and Early Medieval Europe: interdisciplinary perspectives in governance and civil organisation
PublisherBritish Academy
Pages346-368
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780191896040
ISBN (Print)9780197266588
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the British Academy
ISSN (Print)0068-1202

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