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Tamerlane, Christopher Marlowe and Cogadh Gáedhel re Gallaibh: towards an edition of the Annals of Clonmacnoise

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On the rare occasions when scholars mention the Annals of Clonmacnoise they are simply described as an early modern translation (into English) of a now lost Irish annalistic text and then promptly ignored. This is in marked contrast to the attention paid to that other famous (and almost exactly contemporary) compilation of seventeenth-century Irish annals, the Annals of the Four Masters. Despite languishing in obscurity since the publication of Denis Murphy’s poor edition in 1896, the Annals of Clonmacnoise ought to be of interest to both medievalists and early modernists (if such separation can/should be made). While the Annals of Clonmacnoise may be viewed as part of the medieval Irish annalistic tradition, their early seventeenth-century compiler, Conall Mag Eochagáin, also incorporated a substantial amount of extra-annalistic material into his text and engaged with some of the political and historiographic controversies of his own, highly turbulent time. In this seminar I hope to explore the sources used by Mag Eochagáin, as I slowly plod towards producing a new edition.

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