BOOK OF ABSTRACTS PARALLEL SESSION 1: T115 Spiritual Connections between France and Ireland CHAIR: Catherine Maignant A Calendar of Saints

  • Billy Mag Fhloinn, Michel Déon, Darach Sanfey
  • Published 2012

Abstract

A Calendar of Saints Billy Mag Fhloinn This paper will examine the role of the French saint, Martin of Tours, in recent Irish and European folk tradition, particularly in light of the tenth-century re-invention of the popular image of the saint by another Frenchman, Odo of Cluny. The concept of St. Martin as a spiritual warrior was developed into a much more literal depiction as a soldier-saint. He was cast in the model of St. George of Lydda, a saint popular amongst returning crusader knights, to help reconcile the increasing militarisation of medieval society with Christian ideals. The conflation of St. George and St. Martin can be found in Irish popular tradition of recent centuries, as similar beliefs, customs and legends unite the two in the folk mind, particularly in the area of calendar custom. A Martyr for the Cause Cathy Swift, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick The earliest copy of Sulpicius Severus’ Life of St Martin is found at the back of the personal hand-book known as the Book of Armagh but the role which Tours played in the development of cenobitic monasticism in Ireland is not well known. The influence of Tours on the liturgical practices associated with three northern Irish saints: Comgall of Bangor, Columba of Iona and Columbanus of Luxeuil and Bobbio is examined in this paper as well as the transformation of early ideologies focused on Christian martyrdom and endurance of physical violence into ideologies of personal asceticism. “L’eau-de-vie en rose? Ireland and the Irish in the works of Michel Déon” Darach Sanfey, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick Abstract to follow.

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@inproceedings{Fhloinn2012BOOKOA, title={BOOK OF ABSTRACTS PARALLEL SESSION 1: T115 Spiritual Connections between France and Ireland CHAIR: Catherine Maignant A Calendar of Saints}, author={Billy Mag Fhloinn and Michel D{\'e}on and Darach Sanfey}, year={2012} }