Session Title

Rex timore perterritus: The Early Irish Saints with and against the Secular Authorities

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Brian Ó Broin

Organizer Affiliation

William Paterson Univ.

Presider Name

Bridgette Slavin

Presider Affiliation

Medaille College

Paper Title 1

Marcher Saints: Territorial Claims across Medieval Borders

Presenter 1 Name

Brian Ó Broin

Paper Title 2

Saint Adomnán, Iona, and the Political Nature of Cáin Adomnáin

Presenter 2 Name

Courtney Selvage

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Toronto

Paper Title 3

Monastic Sites of Irish Saints in the Isle of Man: Suppressed and Revered

Presenter 3 Name

Valerie Dawn Hampton

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ.

Start Date

14-5-2017 8:30 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1340

Description

Ever since St. Patrick defied the High King of Ireland by lighting his own fire during Bealtaine, the spring festival, the Irish saints have had a tangled relationship with the kings around them, who have usually given them land for their monasteries and permission to proselytize. Saint Colmcille fomented a war against King Diarmaid after that king violated the saint's right of sanctuary; in exile Colmcille received the famous monastic island of Iona from the King of Dál Riata. Saint Aedh Mac Bricc was prone to enrage local authorities by smuggling slave girls out of royal compounds. Professor Pádraig Ó Riain has argued that many such interactions in the Irish saints' lives are representative of later diocesan land claims, with the saints and the kings acting as proxies for the dioceses and the secular authorities around them. This session will explore Irish saints' lives to examine their relationships with the rulers around them, and particularly test the idea that these interactions have a territorial and political component.

Brian É. Ó Broin

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May 14th, 8:30 AM

Rex timore perterritus: The Early Irish Saints with and against the Secular Authorities

Schneider 1340

Ever since St. Patrick defied the High King of Ireland by lighting his own fire during Bealtaine, the spring festival, the Irish saints have had a tangled relationship with the kings around them, who have usually given them land for their monasteries and permission to proselytize. Saint Colmcille fomented a war against King Diarmaid after that king violated the saint's right of sanctuary; in exile Colmcille received the famous monastic island of Iona from the King of Dál Riata. Saint Aedh Mac Bricc was prone to enrage local authorities by smuggling slave girls out of royal compounds. Professor Pádraig Ó Riain has argued that many such interactions in the Irish saints' lives are representative of later diocesan land claims, with the saints and the kings acting as proxies for the dioceses and the secular authorities around them. This session will explore Irish saints' lives to examine their relationships with the rulers around them, and particularly test the idea that these interactions have a territorial and political component.

Brian É. Ó Broin