Ireland's Round Towers

Ireland's Round Towers

by Tadhg O'Keeffe


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The round tower is Ireland’s most distinctive medieval monument. This book explores the towers’ qualities as works of architecture as well as examining their relationships with other buildings at the sites on which they stand. The author suggests how the towers were employed in ceremonies and other ritualised activities of the Viking Age church in Ireland. They prove to be crucial evidence in a new history of Irish Christianity between the Viking raids and the late 12th-century invasion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752425719
Publisher: Tempus Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations7
1Annalists, antiquarians, nationalists: Round Towers in history15
2The enduring template: Round Tower architecture and its chronology43
3Bells, processions, deaths: Round Tower functions93
4Where did the Round Tower idea come from?117
5Some closing thoughts133
Gazetteer of Ireland's free-standing Round Towers137
List of abbreviations155
Further reading156
Index to sites158

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