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Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings$
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James Graham-Campbell and Michael Ryan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264508

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.001.0001

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Rome and the Isles: Ireland, England and the Rhetoric of Orthodoxy

Rome and the Isles: Ireland, England and the Rhetoric of Orthodoxy

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(p.75) 4 Rome and the Isles: Ireland, England and the Rhetoric of Orthodoxy
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Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings
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Damian Bracken

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.003.0004

This chapter examines the Roman influence on the religious orthodoxy in Ireland and England. It explains that the earliest writers presented the adoption of Christianity as a spiritual rebirth which transcended their physical birth. The chapter also suggests that the earliest of Irish literature can be considered a forceful affirmation of the importance of Christian universality and an indictment of those who refused to acknowledge the significance of this principle or who would undermine it.

Keywords:   religious orthodoxy, Roman influence, Ireland, England, Christianity, spiritual rebirth, Christian universality

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