O'Leary (Aideen M.)

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OʼLeary, Aideen M., “Contested consecrations and the pursuit of ecclesiastical independence in Scotland and Ireland in the early 1120s”, North American Journal of Celtic Studies 2:2 (2018): 155–178.  

This article investigates two comparable crises of leadership in Gaelic Christendom which occurred around the same time, in 1120–1121; these culminated in failed episcopal appointments for St. Andrews and Dublin. The article is based on accounts from Scotland and Ireland which shed light on the developments in both countries and on Historia nouorum in Anglia ‘History of recent events in England’ by Eadmer, who was biographer and confidant of Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 until his death in 1109. Eadmer was the principal contemporary first-hand witness to events in this period, but his evidence is somewhat problematic. There are few substantial comparative discussions of Scottish and Irish ecclesiastical developments in the 1120s; in addition, the work of Eadmer needs fuller consideration regarding Canterbury's relationships with Gaelic churches. Eadmer's depiction of the St. Andrews situation is especially significant because he himself was the bishop-elect. I assess how these crises arose and how they caused the relationships between Gaelic churches and Canterbury to become highly strained. I aim to show that leaders in Scotland and Ireland undertook the pursuit of ecclesiastical independence in very different ways and that both failed appointments, though eventually prompting a degree of independence, resulted in short-term stagnation.

OʼLeary, Aideen M., “Constructing the magical biography of the Irish druid Mog Ruith”, in: Albrecht Classen (ed.), Magic and magicians in the middle ages and the early modern time: the occult in pre-modern sciences, medicine, literature, religion, and astrology, 20, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017. 219–230.
OʼLeary, Aideen M., “The heretic and the Hibernophobe: foreign perceptions of Ireland from antiquity to c. AD 1200”, Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies 7:1 (2013): 1–51.
OʼLeary, Aideen M., Trials and translations: the Latin origins of the Irish apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, Publications of the Journal of Celtic Studies, Aberdeen: Centre for Celtic Studies, University of Aberdeen, 2013.
OʼLeary, Aideen M., “Sex, satire and sanctity in Moriuht: a foreigner’s view of mediaeval Irish penitence”, Mediaeval Scandinavia 20 (2010): 133–140.
OʼLeary, Aideen M., “Mog Ruith and apocalypticism in eleventh-century Ireland”, in: Joseph Falaky Nagy (ed.), The individual in Celtic literatures, 1, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001. 51–60.
OʼLeary, Aideen M., “The identities of the poet(s) Mac Coisi: a reinvestigation”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 38 (Winter, 1999): 53–72.
OʼLeary, Aideen M., “An Irish apocryphal apostle: Muirchú’s portrayal of St Patrick”, Harvard Theological Review 89:3 (1996): 287–301.


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