Session1613
TitleInteraction, Identity, and Space in the Irish Sea, 700-1100, II: Interactions and Spaces
Date/TimeThursday 6 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorIrish Sea in the Middle Ages Research Network (ISMARN)
 
OrganiserCharles Insley, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies / Department of History, University of Manchester
 
Moderator/ChairChris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
 
Paper 1613-a Between the Ribble and the Mersey: An Irish Sea Frontier Space, c. 890-950
(Language: English)
Charles Insley, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies / Department of History, University of Manchester
Index Terms: Administration; Charters and Diplomatics; Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1613-b 'Misfit' Castle Forms of the Irish Sea: The Welsh Perspective
(Language: English)
Rachel Elizabeth Swallow, Department of Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology, University of Liverpool
Index Terms: Archaeology - Sites; Geography and Settlement Studies; Local History
Paper 1613-c Mapping Maritime Cultures: The Early Medieval Irish Sea Region
(Language: English)
David Griffiths, Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Archaeology - General; Computing in Medieval Studies; Geography and Settlement Studies; Maritime and Naval Studies
 
AbstractThese two sessions seek to show case new work on interaction in the Irish Sea during what might be termed the 'Viking Age'; this research identifies the Irish Sea itself as a central place and as a space for a range of interactions cross the period 700-1100, but also a space which was connected to a much wider world. This second session focusses on space and territorial organisation in the eastern Irish Sea zone with papers that look at: the organisation of the Mercian/Welsh/Northumbrian frontier in the early 10th century, in particular the way in which that frontier was configured reflected a rapidly shifting political landscape across the Irish Sea between 910 and 920; a discussion of the forms of castle building in the eastern Irish Sea zone in the 11th and 12th century and the extent to which so-called ‘misfit’ castle forms reflected connections and intersections around the Irish Sea littoral; a discussion of the problems and possibilities of mapping the Irish Sea world in the early Middle Ages.