The reassessment of the medieval legacy of Man highlights the island's position as a cockpit of English, Scottish, Irish and Norwegian power-politics, exploring the multi-cultural traditions of Man, and reassessing the role it was to play throughout the medieval period as a focal point in a complex nexus of inter-relationships (linguistic, economic, ecclesiastical, political, military and so forth) which linked the various peoples of the British Isles and Scandinavia.
By bringing together the fruits of the labours of several scholars of international repute, some of whom are resident on the island, the comprehensive analysis provided in this volume marks a significant advance in the current level of understanding Manx history in the Middle Ages, forming a body of knowledge that will be of benefit both to Manx people and to the wider readership beyond its shores. Because of the specific requirements of documentary research in the medieval period, most of the work has been carried out by authorities in the field as an extension of their existing interests.
Professor Sean Duffy is Head of the Medieval History department at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the Middle Ages and Anglo-Irish relations. He is the author of a number of major works including The Concise History of Ireland (Gill & Macmillan, 2000), Ireland in the Middle Ages (Macmillan, 1997) and Ireland 600-1169. An Island of Saints and Scholars?, (Longman, 1993). He is also editor of the best selling Atlas of Irish History (Macmillan, 1997).
Preface Names Concordance Notes on Contributors Introduction - Setting the Scene: Man at the turn of the millennium - David M. Wilson PART ONE: POLITICS 1 Man and the Irish Sea World in the eleventh century - Sean Duffy 2 The Isle of Man and the kings of Norway: Magnus Barelegs and after - Rosemary Power 3 Man, Somerled, and the Isles: the rise of a new dynasty, c. 1100-64 58 - R. Andrew McDonald 4 The reigns of Gudroedr and Roegnvaldr, 1153-1229 - Ruth Costain-Russell 5 The last kings of Man, 1229-1265 97 - Edward J. Cowan 6 The Isle of Man under Scottish Rule, 1266-1333 - Colm McNamee 7 Man under the Montacutes, 1333-92 - W.M. Ormrod 8 English rule confirmed: the Isle of Man 1389-1406 - Michael J. Bennett PART TWO: SOCIETY 9 The Isle of Man in a European context - Benjamin T. Hudson 10 Man in the Norse world - Barbara E. Crawford 11 Language in Man: prehistory to literacy - R.L. Thomson 12 The Manx place-name evidence - Gillian Fellows-Jensen 13 The Isle of Man in medieval Gaelic literature - Charles W. MacQuarrie 14 The Chronicles of the Kings of Man and the Isles - Bernadette Williams 15 The early history of the diocese of Sodor - Alex Woolf 16 Medieval monasticism and the Isle of Man c. 1130-1540 - P.J. Davey 17 Economy and trade in medieval Man - David Ditchburn and Benjamin Hudson 18 Coinage - Kristin Bornholdt Collins 19 The system of land division and assessment - Gareth Williams 20 Medieval archaeology and architecture - P.J. Davey and A.C.C. Johnson Conclusion - Man's medieval legacy - Tim Thornton Volume 3 Abbreviations Bibliography: editions of primary sources and earlier printed texts Bibliography: books and articles Index