Divided Gaels: Gaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland C.1200-C.1650 Wilson McLeod

ISBN: 9780199247226

Published: January 15th 2004

Hardcover

304 pages


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Divided Gaels: Gaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland C.1200-C.1650  by  Wilson McLeod

Divided Gaels: Gaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland C.1200-C.1650 by Wilson McLeod
January 15th 2004 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 304 pages | ISBN: 9780199247226 | 6.32 Mb

In this detailed and absorbing study, Wilson McLeod challenges the familiar view that Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Ireland formed a cultural unit during the late middle ages and early modern period. Many commentators have emphasized the strong culturalMoreIn this detailed and absorbing study, Wilson McLeod challenges the familiar view that Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Ireland formed a cultural unit during the late middle ages and early modern period. Many commentators have emphasized the strong cultural and political ties that bound the sea-divided Gaels together during this era, when Scottish Gaels supplied crucial military forces to the Gaelic Irish chiefs, and poets and learned men travelled extensively between the two countries.

Dr McLeod tests this view of a unified Gaelic culture-province by examination of the surviving sources, especially formal bardic poetry. Although the evidence is patchy and occasionally contradictory, he is able to show that Ireland was culturally dominant. While Scottish Gaeldom attached great significance to the Irish connection, viewing Ireland as the wellspring of historical and cultural prestige, Irish Gaeldom, McLeod argues, perceived Scotland as distant and peripheral.



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