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The Old English (Norman)/Old Irish (Gaelic) Counter-Reformation in Ireland

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 05:07 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated August 31st, 2012 at 12:40 PM by Gile na Gile

The general point of demarcation between the Old English and Old Irish emerges obviously from the Cambro-Norman settlement of the mid 12th century & continued more or less unabated up until the Henrician programme of 'surrender & regrant' (1534) which had the effect of diluting in many cases the rigid polarity that existed between both groups. The Old English as a descriptive category is used by historians mainly from the 12th c (more rarely) up to the time of the Williamite Wars after which...
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Salah ad-Din: Worthy Knight of the Holy Grail?

Posted March 1st, 2011 at 05:13 PM by Gile na Gile
Updated March 2nd, 2011 at 12:13 PM by Gile na Gile

From the Latin gradalis and old French greil or graal meaning cup, dish, platter or cauldron the Holy Grail is a complex literary symbol which evokes many different responses. It is usually found embedded in allegorical tales which draw freely from several different traditions. Being thus "overdetermined" with no single meaning or "signified" holding the day the story of Perceval (de Troyes), Parzival (Eschenbach), or any retelling such as the later "Quest for the Holy Grail"...
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