Ireland and the Making of Britain (Classic Reprint)
This book grew into being as the earlier half of a work describing the efforts of medieval Irishmen to establish civilization in continental Europe as well as in Britain following the downfall of the Roman Empire. As the work neared completion it was seen that the activities of Irishmen in relation to the different peoples inhabiting Britain would find their best representation in a separate and independent volume. The relations prevailing between medieval Ireland on the one hand and medieval Wales and Scotland on the other were relations of a kind that did not subsist between Ireland and any other country. In both these countries of Britain there were Irish military conquests and political settlements as well as Irish cultural and missionary enterprises, and both Wales and Scotland endured for centuries as Irish provinces, colonies and political dependencies. Among the English the work of medieval Irishmen partook more exclusively of the character of Irish missionary and cultural work on the Continent. Nevertheless the relations between Ireland and England in that era were relations of a special and peculiar kind, and if England before the so-called Norman Conquest was not a political dependency of Ireland it was in a true sense a moral and intellectual dependency.
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