Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Downey, Clodagh
Kingship, power and judgement in texts about Niall Noígiallach and Lugaid Mac Con
Kingship, power and judgement in texts about Niall Noígiallach and Lugaid Mac Con
Centre for the Study of Human Settlement and Historical Change, National University of Ireland, Galway
Invited Lecture
Optional Fields
15-FEB-05
15-FEB-05
This paper will explore some ways in which power and authority were conceived and distributed in some early Irish kingship tales, focussing specifically on tales pertaining to Eochaid Mugmedón, Lugaid Laígde (and Lugaid Mac Con) and Cormac mac Airt.  Some of the aspects of this question that I will touch on are: the role of women – how they may be used as tokens of the power of others, and also to look at an unusual example of a woman apparently endowed with a significant degree of power; the role of the collective in these literary sources in the bestowal and endorsement of authority; and the depiction of the kings who figure in these tales (with specific regard to the question of judgement-making) and what that can tell us about the relationship between kingship and power in these tales.
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