Entries from the Irish Annals Sept 13, 2019 8:00:50 GMT -5
Post by Rex Monoculus Midiensis on Sept 13, 2019 8:00:50 GMT -5
Like many countries in Europe, Ireland's main adoption of historical record in the early medieval period was the keeping of annals. As distinct from narrative histories, chronicles of kings, or court records, annals are known for brief, terse, undescriptive entries that aim to catalogue the major events of a given year in a disconnected manner. In this thread I propose to select entries from the Irish annals as regularly as possible, and highlight them. I do not propose to provide context unless some particular entry is of interest to people. Even then there may not be context available, either because I do not know it or it does not exist. However, it might be interesting for people to consider the importance of individual entries to various topics, and also how, as historians, we might construct a narrative/analysis from this type of data.
Annals of Ulster 614.2
'A star was seen at the eighth hour of day.'
Annals of Tigernach 1103.7
'A woman brought forth two children at the same time in this year, and they had one body from their neck to their navel and their members were normal with that exception, and the face of each was towards the other.'
Annals of Loch Cé 1118.6
A hosting by Toirdhealbhach Ua Conchobhair, king of Connacht, and by Murchadh O Maelsechlainn, king of Temhair, along with him, and by Aed O'Ruairc, into Mumha, as far as Glenn-Maghair; and he gave Des-Mumha to Mac Carthaigh, and Tuadh-Mumha to the sons of Diarmaid Ua Briain, and carried off the hostages of each.
Annals of Inisfallen 1195.2:
In the above year Cathal Crobderg, king of Connachta, came to Mumu and demolished many castles, but they were renovated again. And everyone expected that he would destroy all the foreigners on that expedition, and he arranged to come again, but he did not come.