Jaski, Bart





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Jaski, Bart, Early Irish kingship and succession, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000.

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Early Irish kingship and succession
Place
Dublin
Publisher
Four Courts Press
Year
2000
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Early medieval Ireland was politically fragmented, with a multitude of lordships and kingships ruled by dynasties of which many were genealogically inter-related. This book begins by discussing the political power of the Irish lords and kings over their subjects, their roles as mediators between natural and divine forces and their position as rulers over their subjects. It then moves on to a detailed analysis of the rule of succession in early Ireland. A lord or king had to be qualified for his office, and for this many considerations were taken into account, such as his pedigree, the status of his mother, his behaviour and his physical appearance. This is widely evidenced in legal material, saga literature, annals and other sources, and the author sets these notions in a wider context of various aspects of Irish political and social life, such as the division of the inheritance, loss of noble and royal status, clientship and suretyship. The meaning of the titles rígdamna and the office of tánaise ríg are also examined. The Irish custom of succession forms the background to the tendency of close and distant relatives to compete for power and of the ruling dynasties to expand and fragment. It also explains why it was so difficult for one dynasty to become permanently paramount in Ireland. The book concludes with a discussion of the nature of the kingship of Tara.
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kingship early Irish law

Contents

Prefatory matter (Preface; List of abbreviations; Conventions; Annalistic dates; References to and translations of legal material; Spelling)
“Introduction”
25–36
[1] “King and people”
37–56
[2] “Sacral kingship”
57–88
[3] “Lord, kin and client”
89–112
[4] “Seniority”
113–142
[5] “Qualifications for succession”
143–170
[6] “Loss of noble status”
171–190
[7] “Dynastic kingship”
191–228
[8] “The heir-apparent”
229–276
[7] “Conclusion: The life-cycle of lordship”
277–284
[Appendix I] “Text on succession in the status-text of Senchas Már
285
[Appendix II] “The succession tract”
289
[Appendix III] “Genealogical tables”
296
[Appendix IV] “Maps”
317
Bibliography; Indices