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Divided Gaels: Gaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland 1200-1650

Wilson McLeod


This book challenges the familiar view that Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Ireland formed a cultural unit during the late middle ages and early modern period. Many commentators have emphasized the strong cultural and political ties that bound the ‘sea-divided’ Gaels together during this era, when Scottish Gaels supplied crucial military forces to the Gaelic Irish chiefs, and poets and learned men travelled extensively between the two countries. This book tests this view of a unified Gaelic ‘culture-province’ by examination of the surviving sources, especially formal bardic poetry. Although the evi ... More

Keywords: Gaelic Scotland, Gaelic Ireland, bardic poetry, late middle ages, early modern period, culture-province

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247226
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247226.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wilson McLeod, author
Lecturer in Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh
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