Gaelic language sources for medieval and early modern Irish history were the product of the bardic schools in history, poetry, law and medicine. Comprising annals, genealogies, poems, prose tracts and sags, legal and medical material, colophons and marginalia, they have long been more familiar to Celtcists than historians, apart from the editions of Irish annals.
This book provides a practical guide for those interested in researching Gaelic Ireland who would like to glean usable historical information from such texts, and lays emphasis on works for which translated editions are available. It discusses the purposes for which they were originally created, their survival and accessibility in print and on the internet and above all how to make use of them as historical sources.
It is intended as an aid to those beginning postgraduate research, and for all interested in investigating Irish family or local history in the medieval and Tudor period.
Medieval Gaelic Sources - Maynooth Research Guides for Irish Local History
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