Book review - The North Atlantic Frontier of Medieval Europe: Vikings and Celts. The Expansion of Latin Europe, 1000-1500, edited by James Muldoon. Ashgate: Variorum, 2012

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Abstract

The volume entitled The North Atlantic Frontier of Medieval Europe, Vikings
and Celts (2009) is a collection of articles originally published between 1893
and 2004. This book constitutes the third volume in the series The Expansion
of Latin Europe, 1000-1500, edited by James Muldoon and Felipe FernándezArmesto. This series, which will eventually contain fourteen volumes, covers
large and important areas of the medieval history of Europe, from the spread
of Latin Christendom to Islamic expansionism and the effects of the Mongol
Empire. An overall theme is frontiers, and this volume concerns the western
frontier of Europe, that of the North Atlantic, mainly focussing on Britain and
Ireland. The book contains a comprehensive introduction by volume editor
James Muldoon, followed by nineteen chapters that have been organised into
six thematic parts, providing the book with a clear chronological framework,
starting in the 9th century and stretching to the late 15th century. In Part One,
the settlement and rule of the Vikings in Ireland, England and Greenland is
discussed; in Part Two, the emphasis is instead placed on the extension of
English power into the Celtic areas of Britain and the justifications presented
for this enterprise, issues which are considered in more depth in Part Three.
In Parts Four and Five, the attention is shifted slightly as these sections deal
with the English domination of Ireland. In Part Four, the actual expansion
into Ireland is treated while, in Part Five, the next phase, that of governing
medieval Ireland, is considered. The sixth and final part contains just one
article, investigating the possibility that the English ‘discovered’ America in
the late 15th century.
The articles are co
Original languageEnglish
JournalNorthern Studies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2013

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