O'Connor (Ralph)

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OʼConnor, Ralph, “Scélshenchus revisited: historical function and literary artistry in the Gaelic kings’ sagas”, in: Kevin Murray (ed.), Revisiting the Cycles of the Kings, 6, Cork: CSCL, 2022. 1–24.
OʼConnor, Ralph, “Monsters of the tribe: berserk fury, shapeshifting and social dysfunction in Táin bó Cúailnge, Egils saga and Hrólfs saga kraka”, in: Jan Erik Rekdal, and Charles Doherty (eds), Kings and warriors in early north-west Europe, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016. 180–236.
OʼConnor, Ralph, “Fabulous content, historical purpose and scribal strategy in Irish and Icelandic saga narrative. Some comparative perspectives on the colophon to the Book of Leinster Táin”, in: Axel Harlos, and Neele Harlos (eds), Adapting texts and styles in a Celtic context: interdisciplinary perspectives on processes of literary transfer in the middle ages: studies in honour of Erich Poppe, 13, Münster: Nodus Publikationen, 2016. 305–330.
OʼConnor, Ralph, “Was classical imitation necessary for the writing of large-scale Irish sagas? Reflections on Táin bó Cúailnge and the ‘watchman device’”, in: Ralph OʼConnor (ed.), Classical literature and learning in medieval Irish narrative, 34, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014. 165–195.
OʼConnor, Ralph (ed.), Classical literature and learning in medieval Irish narrative, Studies in Celtic History, 34, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014. viii + 244 pp.
OʼConnor, Ralph, “Irish narrative literature and the classical tradition, 900-1300”, in: Ralph OʼConnor (ed.), Classical literature and learning in medieval Irish narrative, 34, Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014. 1–22.
OʼConnor, Ralph, “Compilation as creative artistry: a reassessment of ‘narrative inconsistency’ in Togail bruidne Da Derga”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 65 (2013): 1–48.
OʼConnor, Ralph, The destruction of Da Derga's hostel: kingship and narrative artistry in a mediaeval Irish saga, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
OʼConnor, Ralph, “Prophecy, storytelling and the Otherworld in Togail bruidne Da Derga”, in: Katja Ritari, and Alexandra Bergholm (eds), Approaches to religion and mythology in Celtic studies, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008. 55–68.
OʼConnor, Ralph, “Searching for the moral in Bruiden Meic Da Réo”, Ériu 56 (2006): 117–143.  

The Middle Irish saga Bruiden Meic Da Réo tells how the vassal peoples of Ireland massacred the noble families of Ireland, and how the surviving nobles regained power through the mediation of Morann the judge. In this article I offer a literary analysis of the tale, paying particular attention to its treatment of kingship ideology and the message its author intended to convey to his audience. Comparisons with related texts, in particular the recension known as Scél ar Chairbre Cinn Cait, suggest that the author of Bruiden Meic Da Réo was not interested in pointing out a simple moral, but was concerned to explore the tensions and contradictions inherent within the ideology of kingship. In this respect Bruiden Meic Da Réo resonates with other sagas from the Middle Irish period in which a similar narrative template was used to prise open the fault-lines in this ideology.


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