Manifestations of sovereignty in medieval Ireland

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This paper examines the literary evolution of the hag transformed into a beautiful young woman and formerly believed to be a reflex of the sovereignty goddess. It traces the motif back to the tenth century and suggests that it is derived ultimately from continental sources rather than reflecting a native mythological story. The hag's relationship to the demise of the king is also examined.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherDepartment of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
Number of pages42
ISBN (Print)9781909106215
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2018

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NameH.M. Chadwick Memorial Lectures


  • sovereignty, inauguration, goddess, hag, Niall Noígiallach, Lugaid

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