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A Companion to the Early Middle Ages: Britain and Ireland, by Pauline Stafford

By Pauline Stafford

Drawing on 28 unique essays, A significant other to the Early center Ages takes an inclusive method of the historical past of england and eire from c.500 to c.1100 to beat synthetic differences of contemporary nationwide barriers.

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McCone, K. , Progress in Medieval Irish Studies (Maynooth, 1996). , History and Memory in the Carolingian World (Cambridge, 2004). , Celtic Ireland (Dublin, 1921, reissued Dublin, 1981, with contribution by D. Ó Corráin). , Phases of Irish History (Dublin, 1919). Nelson, J. , Politics and Ritual in Early Medieval Europe (London, 1986). , “Nationality and kingship in pre-Norman Ireland,” in T. W. ), Nationality and the Pursuit of National Independence (Belfast, 1978), pp. 1–35. Orpen, G. , Ireland under the Normans 1169–1333 (Oxford, 1911, reissued with an introduction by S.

These are “technologies of power” in a loosely Foucauldian sense. Rethinking power has been a major contribution of postmodernist, but also of later Marxist work, as witness the central Gramscian notion of hegemony. Power and authority do not lie simply in physical force or economic control – important as both are. Their sources are much more diverse and include ideas and beliefs; their exercise is much more allencompassing and not always consciously planned. The most effective power is often one whose messages are absorbed and internalized, and the authority with which those messages come is critical to that process.

And its referent is here explicitly England and English historiography, by which yardstick Welsh historiography, if not Wales itself, is implicitly deemed to have failed. England has long been a presence, shadowy or explicit, in the historiographies of Ireland and Wales, and rarely without some implicit or explicit idea of value. 13 Davies’s denigration is arguably far more a critique of Welsh historiography, Orpen’s of Ireland itself. But the picture of England, and the English historiography that has produced it, are, in each case, arguably unexamined.

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