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Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature

Patrick Sims-Williams


In the Middle Ages Ireland's extensive and now famous literature was unknown outside the Gaelic‐speaking world of Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man — with Wales an important exception. Irish emigrants had settled in Wales from the fifth century onwards, Irish scholars worked in Wales in the ninth century, and throughout the Middle Ages there were ecclesiastical, mercantile, and military contacts across the Irish Sea. From this standpoint, it is not surprising that the names of Irish heroes such as Cú Roí, Cú Chulainn, Finn, and Deirdre became known to Welsh poets, and that Irish narrative ... More

Keywords: Middle Ages, Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Wales, Gaelic, Latin, Celtic, literary influence, folklore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588657
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588657.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Sims-Williams, author
Professor of Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth University