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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

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

Damian Bracken

British Academy

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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