Manx Kingship in Its Irish Sea Setting, 1187-1229: King Rognvaldr Godredsson and the Crovan Dynasty R. Andrew McDonald

ISBN: 9781846820472

Published: September 30th 2007

Hardcover

254 pages


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Manx Kingship in Its Irish Sea Setting, 1187-1229: King Rognvaldr Godredsson and the Crovan Dynasty  by  R. Andrew McDonald

Manx Kingship in Its Irish Sea Setting, 1187-1229: King Rognvaldr Godredsson and the Crovan Dynasty by R. Andrew McDonald
September 30th 2007 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 254 pages | ISBN: 9781846820472 | 6.47 Mb

For over forty years King Ragnvald Godredsson of Man and the Isles (r. 1187 1226) was a power to be reckoned with in the seas between Britain and Ireland. Praised by Irish bards and Icelandic saga-men as a great warrior, Ragnvald was also a devout Christian prince who patronized religious houses round the shores of the Irish Sea and maintained diplomatic relations with the rulers of surrounding lands and beyond. Despite his contemporary stature, Ragnvald and his dynasty have been largely ignored by modern historians. This book explores Ragnvald s reign within the framework of the dynasty to which he belonged (the Crovan dynasty) and the ultra-competitive arena of the Irish Sea basin in the decades around 1200.

It explores kinship, marriage, succession, military power, foreign relations and religious patronage, and concludes with a detailed analysis of late Norse Manx kingship within a broader British context.



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