Edmonds (Fiona)

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Edmonds, Fiona, Gaelic influence in the Northumbrian kingdom: the Golden Age and the Viking Age, Studies in Celtic History, 40, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2019.  
Chapters: Preface: an eventful voyage; Concepts and historiography of the Northumbrian and Gaelic worlds: medieval to modern exiles and emperors: Gaelic-Northumbrian political relations in the Golden Age; Fragmentation and opportunity: from the eighth century to the Viking Age; Pathways through the past: routes between the Gaelic world and the Northumbrian kingdom; A Golden Age of ecclesiastical contacts; Saints and seaways in the Viking Age; Medieval multilingualism: Gaelic linguistic influence in the Northumbrian kingdom; Movement and material culture in the Northumbrian and Gaelic worlds; Conclusion: individuals and influences.
Northumbria was the most northerly Anglo-Saxon kingdom; its impressive landscape featured two sweeping coastlines, which opened the area to a variety of cultural connections. This book explores influences that emanated from the Gaelic-speaking world, including Ireland, the Isle of Man, Argyll and the kingdom of Alba (the nascent Scottish kingdom). It encompasses Northumbria's Golden Age, the political and scholarly high-point of the seventh and early eighth centuries, and culminates with the kingdom's decline and fragmentation in the Viking Age, which opened up new links with Gaelic-Scandinavian communities. Political and ecclesiastical connections are discussed in detail; the study also covers linguistic contact, material culture and the practicalities of travel, bringing out the realities of contemporary life. This interdisciplinary approach sheds new light on the west and north of the Northumbrian kingdom, the areas linked most closely with the Gaelic world. Overall, the book reveals the extent to which Gaelic influence was multi-faceted, complex and enduring.
Edmonds, Fiona, “The expansion of the kingdom of Strathclyde”, Early Medieval Europe 23:1 (February, 2015): 43–66.  
The kingdom of Strathclyde was focused on the Clyde valley and ruled by a Brittonic-speaking dynasty. Historians have traditionally argued that the kingdom expanded southwards in the early tenth century, with the result that there was a revival of Brittonic language. Several scholars have recently challenged this interpretation, but in this article I defend the view that Strathclyde expanded southwards, and I propose a new model for the process. I argue that the kings of Strathclyde took submissions from the local nobility, who included Northumbrian and Gaelic-Scandinavian magnates. This accounts for the multicultural nature of the kingdom in its heyday.
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Edmonds, Fiona, “Saints’ cults and Gaelic-Scandinavian influence around the Cumberland Coast and north of the Solway Firth”, in: Jón Viðar Sigurðsson, and Timothy Bolton (eds), Celtic-Norse relationships in the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages 800-1200, 65, Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2014. 39–63.
Edmonds, Fiona, and Paul Russell, “Preface”, in: Fiona Edmonds, and Paul Russell (eds), Tome: studies in medieval Celtic history and law in honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards, 31, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2011. xi–xii.
Edmonds, Fiona, and Paul Russell (eds), Tome: studies in medieval Celtic history and law in honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards, Studies in Celtic History, 31, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2011.
Edmonds, Fiona, “Personal names and the cult of Patrick in eleventh-century Strathclyde and Northumbria”, in: Steve Boardman, John Reuben Davies, and Eila Williamson [eds.], Saints’ cults in the Celtic world, 25, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2009. 42–65.
Edmonds, Fiona, “The practicalities of communication between Northumbrian and Irish churches c.635–735”, in: James Graham-Campbell, and Michael Ryan (eds), Anglo-Saxon/Irish relations before the Vikings, 157, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 129–150.


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