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Bhreathnach
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Bhreathnach, Edel, Ireland in the medieval world, AD 400–1000: landscape, kingship and religion, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014. 316 pp.  
abstract:
Aimed at the student and general reader, this is a study of Ireland’s people, landscape and place in the world from late antiquity to the reign of Brian Bórama. It narrates the story of Ireland’s emergence into history, using anthropological, archaeological, historical and literary evidence. Subjects covered include the king, the kingdom and the royal household; religion and customs; free and unfree classes in society; exiles and foreigners. The rural, urban, ecclesiastical, ceremonial and mythological landscapes of early medieval Ireland anchor the history of early Irish society in the rich tapestry of archaeological sites, monuments and place-names that have survived to the present. A historiography of medieval Irish studies presents the commentaries of a variety of scholars from the 17th-century Franciscan Mícheál Ó Cléirigh to Eoin Mac Neill, the founding father of modern scholarship.
(source: Four Courts Press)
abstract:
Aimed at the student and general reader, this is a study of Ireland’s people, landscape and place in the world from late antiquity to the reign of Brian Bórama. It narrates the story of Ireland’s emergence into history, using anthropological, archaeological, historical and literary evidence. Subjects covered include the king, the kingdom and the royal household; religion and customs; free and unfree classes in society; exiles and foreigners. The rural, urban, ecclesiastical, ceremonial and mythological landscapes of early medieval Ireland anchor the history of early Irish society in the rich tapestry of archaeological sites, monuments and place-names that have survived to the present. A historiography of medieval Irish studies presents the commentaries of a variety of scholars from the 17th-century Franciscan Mícheál Ó Cléirigh to Eoin Mac Neill, the founding father of modern scholarship.
(source: Four Courts Press)
Bhreathnach, Edel, Tara: a select bibliography, Discovery Programme Report 3, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1995.

Theses

Bhreathnach, Edel, “Laídshenchas Laigen: an anthology of Leinster”, PhD thesis (unpublished): National University of Ireland, 1991.

Websites

Bhreathnach, Edel [project lead], and Keith Smith [project manager], Monastic Ireland, Online: The Discovery Programme. URL: <https://monastic.ie>. 
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The aim of the Monastic Ireland project is to assemble accurate and comprehensive information relating to the history, landscape and material culture of Irish monastic houses c. 1100–1700, presented online through www.monastic.ie.
abstract:
The aim of the Monastic Ireland project is to assemble accurate and comprehensive information relating to the history, landscape and material culture of Irish monastic houses c. 1100–1700, presented online through www.monastic.ie.

Works edited

Schot, Roseanne, Conor Newman, and Edel Bhreathnach (eds.), Landscapes of cult and kingship, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011.
Bhreathnach, Edel, Joseph MacMahon, and John McCafferty (eds.), The Irish Franciscans, 1534–1990, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009.
Bhreathnach, Edel (ed.), The kingship and landscape of Tara, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005.  
Published by Four Courts Press for the Discovery Programme.
Published by Four Courts Press for the Discovery Programme.

Contributions to journals

Bhreathnach, Edel, “Celtic studies in the digital age: thoughts on a legacy for Ireland 2016”, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 35 (2015): 18–35.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Benedictine influence in Ireland in the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries: a reflection”, The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 1 (2012): 63–91.  
abstract:

This paper concentrates on two aspects of ecclesiastical reform in Ireland: the formation and layout of sedes episcopalis (diocesan centres) and the influence of clerics trained as Benedictines in England and Scotland during the same period. The contribution of the Benedictines declined as the twelfth century progressed and as other orders such as the Cistercians and Augustinians expanded their influence. Finally, the study assesses the possible contribution of continental Irish Benedictine foundations and proposes that literature produced in these monasteries should be read primarily as Benedictine narratives written in the context of continental ecclesiastical and order politics.

abstract:

This paper concentrates on two aspects of ecclesiastical reform in Ireland: the formation and layout of sedes episcopalis (diocesan centres) and the influence of clerics trained as Benedictines in England and Scotland during the same period. The contribution of the Benedictines declined as the twelfth century progressed and as other orders such as the Cistercians and Augustinians expanded their influence. Finally, the study assesses the possible contribution of continental Irish Benedictine foundations and proposes that literature produced in these monasteries should be read primarily as Benedictine narratives written in the context of continental ecclesiastical and order politics.

Bhreathnach, Edel, “Tales of Connacht: Cath Airtig, Táin bó Flidhais, Cath Leitreach Ruibhe, and Cath Cumair”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 45 (Summer, 2003): 21–42.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “The Tech Midchúarta, ‘the House of the Mead-circuit’. Feasting, royal circuits and the king's court in early Ireland”, Archaeology Ireland 12:4 (1998): 20–22.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Temoria: caput Scotorum?”, Ériu 47 (1996): 67–88.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Killeshin: an Irish monastery surveyed”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 27 (Summer, 1994): 33–47.

Contributions to edited collections or authored works

Bhreathnach, Edel, “Communities and their landscapes”, in: Smith, Brendan [ed.], The Cambridge history of Ireland, vol. 1: 600-1550, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 15–46.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “The kings of Dublin and Leinster before the battle of Clontarf”, in: Duffy, Seán (ed.), Medieval Dublin XVI: proceedings of Clontarf 1014–2014: national conference marking the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017. 81–91.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Ireland in the age of Columbanus”, in: Destefanis, Eleonora (ed.), L’eredità di san Colombano: memoria e culto attraverso il Medioevo: costruire L’Europa: Colombano e la sua eredità = L’héritage de saint Colomban: mémoire et culte au Moyen Âge: construire L’Europe: Colomban et son héritage = Saint Colombanus’ legacy: memory and cult in the Middle Ages: making Europe: Columbanus and his legacy, Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2017. 231–238.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Observations on the Book of Durrow memorandum”, in: Carey, John, Kevin Murray, and Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (eds), Sacred histories: a Festschrift for Máire Herbert, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015. 14–21.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Observations on the context and landscape of the West Ossory crosses”, in: Purcell, Emer, Paul MacCotter, Julianne Nyhan, and John Sheehan (eds), Clerics, kings and vikings: essays on medieval Ireland in honour of Donnchadh Ó Corráin, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2015. 11–20.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Tara and Cashel: manifestations of the centre of the cosmos in the north and the south”, in: Borsje, Jacqueline, Ann Dooley, Séamus Mac Mathúna, and Gregory Toner (eds), Celtic cosmology: perspectives from Ireland and Scotland, Papers in Mediaeval Studies 26, Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2014. viii + 316 pp. 165–185.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Transforming kingship and cult: the provincial ceremonial capitals in early medieval Ireland”, in: Schot, Roseanne, Conor Newman, and Edel Bhreathnach (eds.), Landscapes of cult and kingship, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011. 126–148.
O'Brien, Elizabeth, and Edel Bhreathnach, “Irish boundary ferta, their physical manifestation and historical context”, in: 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. 53–64.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Ynys Enlli: the representation of medieval pilgrim destinations”, in: Wooding, Jonathan [ed.], Solitaries, pastors and 20,000 saints: studies in the religious history of Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli), Trivium, Lampeter: Trivium Publications, 2010. 1–14.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Ireland, c.900-c.1000”, in: Stafford, Pauline (ed.), A companion to the early Middle Ages: Britain and Ireland c. 500–1100, Blackwell Companions to British History, Oxford, Malden, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 268–284.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Perceptions of kingship in early medieval Irish vernacular literature”, in: Doran, Linda, and James Lyttleton (eds.), Lordship in medieval Ireland: image and reality, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007. 21–46.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Níell cáich úa Néill nasctar géill: the political context of Baile Chuinn Chétchathaig”, in: Bhreathnach, Edel (ed.), The kingship and landscape of Tara, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005. 49–68.
Bhreathnach, Edel, and Kevin Murray, “Baile Chuinn Chétchathaig: edition”, in: Bhreathnach, Edel (ed.), The kingship and landscape of Tara, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005. 73–94.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Two contributors to the Book of Leinster: Bishop Finn of Kildare and Gilla na Náem Úa Duinn”, in: Richter, Michael, and Jean-Michel Picard (eds.), Ogma: essays in Celtic studies in honour of Próinséas Ní Chatháin, Dublin: Four Courts, 2002. 105–111.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “The genealogies of Leinster as a source for local cults”, in: Carey, John, Máire Herbert, and Pádraig Ó Riain (eds.), Studies in Irish hagiography: saints and scholars, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001. 250–267.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Abbesses, minor dynasties and kings in clericatu: perspectives of Ireland 700-850”, in: Brown, Michelle P., and Carol Ann Farr (eds), Mercia. an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in Europe, London, New York: Leicester University Press, 2001. 113–125.
Bhreathnach, Edel, “Kings, the kingship of Leinster and the regnal poems of laídshenchas Laigen: a reflection of dynastic politics in Leinster, 650–1150”, in: Smyth, Alfred P. (ed.), Seanchas. Studies in early and medieval Irish archaeology, history and literature in honour of Francis J. Byrne, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000. 299–312.