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The Historians of Angevin England$
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Michael Staunton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769965

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198769965.001.0001

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The English and their Neighbours

The English and their Neighbours

(p.338) 17 The English and their Neighbours
The Historians of Angevin England

Michael Staunton

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses English attitudes to their neighbours. Much scholarly attention has focused on hostile attitudes expressed towards the Scots, Welsh, and Irish, but here some qualifications are proposed to the accepted narrative. Paying particular attention to the accounts of the invasion of Ireland, it is shown that while most English writers characterized their ‘Celtic’ neighbours as barbarous, they also recognized that they were fellow Christians. And while their Christianity was often seen as deficient, a large body of Christian opinion stood against attacks on one’s co-religionists. English aggression against the Irish was not only often criticized, but it was discussed in ways that recalled earlier criticisms of violence by Christians against Christians.

Keywords:   Ireland, violence, English aggression, Scots, Welsh, Irish, ‘Celtic’ neighbours

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