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Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe: Conversion and Consolidation in the Early Middle Ages
Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe


 
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Authors: Tomás Ó Carragáin and Sam Turner
Affiliation: University College Cork and Newcastle University
Publication Year: Hardback December 2016
Pages: 640
Size: 250 x 195mm

ISBN: 9781782052005
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Landscapes across Europe were transformed, both physically and conceptually, during the early medieval period (c AD 400-1200), and these changes were bound up with the conversion to Christianity and the development of ecclesiastical power structures. Whilst Christianity represented a more or less common set of beliefs and ideas, early medieval societies were characterised by vibrant diversity: much can potentially be learned about these societies by comparing and contrasting how they adapted Christianity to suit local circumstances. This is the first book to adopt a comparative landscape approach to this crucial subject.
It considers the imprint of early medieval Christianity on landscapes along the continent’s western shore from Galicia to Norway, and across the northern islands from Britain and Ireland to Iceland. The construction of new monuments clearly led to some major physical changes, but landscapes are not just affected by tangible, material alterations: they are also shaped by new types of knowledge and changing perceptions. Christianity was associated with many such changes including new ways of seeing the land that directly affected how landscapes were inhabited and managed. By examining how people chose to shape their landscapes, this book provides fresh perspectives on the Christianisation of Atlantic Europe.

Introduction: making Christian landscapes in the early medieval Atlantic world TOMÁS Ó CARRAGÁIN and SAM TURNER
IRELAND
Hallowed by saints, coveted by kings: Christianisation and land tenure in Rathdown, c. 400–900 GILL BOAZMAN
Reconstructing the territorial framework for ecclesiastical and secular power structures: a case study of the kingdom of Uí Fáeláin PAUL MACCOTTER
Conversion and consolidation in Leinster’s royal heartland PATRICK GLEESON and TOMÁS Ó CARRAGÁIN
Territoriality and the cult of Saint Ciarán of Saigir ANNE CONNON
Early ecclesiastical precincts and landscapes of Inishowen, County Donegal COLM O’BRIEN and MAX ADAMS

WALES AND SCOTLAND
Christianising the landscape in early medieval Wales: the island of Anglesey NANCY EDWARDS
Feeding the body and claiming the spirit(s): early Christian landscapes in west Wales RHIANNON COMEAU
Death and the formation of early Christian Scotland ADRIÁN MALDONADO

ENGLAND
The bones of the Northumbrian landscape: technologies of social change in the conversion period SAM TURNER and CHRIS FOWLER
Streanćshalch (Whitby), its satellite churches and lands THOMAS PICKLES
Converting the Peak District? Britons, Angles and Christians JOHN MORELAND

GAUL AND IBERIA
Funerary patterns in towns in France and England between the fourth and tenth centuries: a comparative approach ELISABETH LORANS
Christianisation and parish formation in early medieval France:a case study of the dioceses of Rennes, Dol and St Malo ANNE LUNVEN
Parish boundaries and the illusion of territorial continuity in landscape archaeology: the evidence from the Touraine ELISABETH ZADORA-RIO
The creation of ecclesiastical landscapes in early medieval Galicia (northwest Spain, fifth to tenth centuries) JOSÉ CARLOS SÁNCHEZ PARDO

GERMANIC AND NORDIC LANDS
From conversion to consolidation in eighth-century Hessia JOHN HENRY CLAY
The religious transformation of a landscape: Drenthe (the Netherlands), c. AD 800–1600 JAN KOLEN
Introducing Christianity to a challenging environment: the example of Norway SĆBJŘRG WALAKER NORDEIDE
Alternative histories on the making of the early Christian landscape of Iceland STEINUNN KRISTJÁNSDÓTTIR



Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin of the Archaeology Department, University College Cork, specialises in the archaeology of early medieval Ireland and its European context (ad 400–1200). His previous publications include Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010) and Inishmurray: Monks and Pilgrims in an Atlantic Landscape (Cork: The Collins Press, 2008, co-authored with Jerry O’Sullivan).

Professor Sam Turner of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, specialises in the landscapes of Britain and Europe after the Roman period, and on medieval archaeology. His previous publications include Wearmouth and Jarrow: Northumbrian Monasteries in an Historic Landscape (Hatfield: University of Hertford-shire Press, 2013, co-authored with Sarah Semple and Alex Turner), Life in Medieval Landscapes: People and Places in the Middle Ages (Oxford: Windgather Press, 2012, co-edited with Bob Silvester) and Making a Christian Landscape: The Countryside in Early-Medieval Cornwall, Devon and Wessex (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2006).



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Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe: Co September 26, 2016
Reviewer: Professor Aidan O'Sullivan UCD from Ireland  
This excellent edited book is a welcome, timely and scholarly significant contribution to our understanding of how Christian ideologies and practices transformed the societies of Atlantic Europe. It is edited by two of the leading scholars in the field, who are experts and internationally recognised for the quality of their scholarship on Christian conversion in Europe.

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Making Christian Landscapes in Atlantic Europe: Co September 16, 2016
Reviewer: Dr Stefan Bergh, NUI Galway from Ireland  
The topic of the volume covers one of the most dramatic changes in the history of Western Europe - the conversion to Christianity. This volume addresses through a series of case-studies along the Atlantic seaboard, issues relating to the changing physical as well as mental landscapes of Early Medieval Europe at this time. The case-studies are well chosen and illuminate various aspects of the process of conversion to Christianity, which is a real strength of the volume. The explicit focus on the impact that the new religion had on landscapes positions the volume well within landscape studies and it will no doubt be an important stimulus to future research of landscapes in Early Christian Europe.

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