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Trouble at the White House: Anglo-Irish Relations and the Cult of St Martin

Trouble at the White House: Anglo-Irish Relations and the Cult of St Martin

Chapter:
(p.112) (p.113) 6 Trouble at the White House: Anglo-Irish Relations and the Cult of St Martin
Source:
Anglo-Saxon/Irish Relations before the Vikings
Author(s):
Juliet Mullins
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264508.003.0006

This chapter examines the doubtful issues in Bede's account of the pre-Viking history of Britain and Ireland in his Historia Ecclesiastica (HE). It focuses on the section of the HE where Bede attributed the conversion of the Picts to the work of Columba and the Christianisation of the southern Picts to one Nynia episcopo reuerentissimo et sanctissimo uiro de natione Brettonum. The chapter explores the origins of the cult of Saint Martin of Tours and considers what evidence it might offer about the nexus of influences operating upon Bede's account of the conversion.

Keywords:   Bede, pre-Viking history, Britain, Ireland, Historia Ecclesiastica, Picts, religious conversion, Columba, Christianisation, Saint Martin

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