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In fresh many years historians became more and more conscious of the price of prosopography as an auxiliary technological know-how status on the crossroads among anthropology, family tree, demography and social heritage. it's now constructing as an self sufficient examine self-discipline of genuine gain to medievalists. The geographically and chronologically wide-ranging matters of the essays during this assortment, by way of students from the British Isles and the Continent, are united by way of a typical subject matter, specifically the importance of family tree and kinship ties in deciding on political occasions within the heart a while. The papers, together with a evaluate of the historical past of prosopography and a few of its significant successes as a mode by way of Karl Ferdinand Werner, diversity from normal issues of prosopographical and genealogical method (including dialogue of Anglo-Norman royal charters) to express analyses of person political and kinship teams (including the family tree of the counts of Anjou and a rehabilitation of the prosopographical fabric in Wace's Roman de Rou). the most geographic concentration is England and France from the 10th to the 12th centuries, yet different parts as varied as Celtic eire and the Latin Principality of Antioch additionally come below prosopographical scrutiny. individuals: DAVID E. THORNTON, ANNE WILLIAMS, C.P. LEWIS, DAVID BATES, ELISABETH VAN HOUTS, EMMA COWNIE, JUDITH eco-friendly, JOHN S. MOORE, K.S.B. KEATS-ROHAN, CHRISTIAN SETTIPANI, HUBERT GUILLOTEL, KATHLEEN THOMPSON, VERONIQUE GAZEAU, MICHEL BUR, ALAN V. MURRAY, DANIEL energy.

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John O'Donovan, 7 vols, 2nd edn, Dublin 1856. 10Annales Cambriae, ed. John Williams (ab Ithel), RS XX, 1860; Brut y Tywysogyon. Peniarth MS. 20, ed. Thomas Jones, Cardiff 1941; Brut y Tywysogyon or The Chronicle of the Princes. Peniarth MS 20 Version, trans. Thomas Jones, Cardiff 1952; Brenhinedd y Saesson or The Kings of the Saxons. v and The Black Book of Basingwerk NLW MS 7006, ed. and trans. Thomas Jones, Cardiff 1971; Brut y Tywysogyon or The Chronicle of the Princes. Red Book of Hergest Version, ed.

23 On the beginnings of Irish surnames see Brian Ó Cuív, 'Aspects of Irish Personal Names', Celtica xviii, 1986, 151-84, here pp. 179-84. < previous page page_29 next page > file:///C|/Documents and Settings/••••/••• •••••••••/Istfuck/Articles and books/Keats-Rohan. 2009 22:55:37 page_30 < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 and similarly, three generations or more to be sure that ua meant descendant and not just grandson. The genealogist approaches the issue from the opposite end, being concerned to establish some sort of relationship between the figure named and his ancestor whether as father, grandfather, or more distant and thus place him in the overall genealogical scheme.

2009 22:55:39 page_34 next page > page_36 < previous page page_36 next page > Page 36 period: the surname Ua Mael Sechnaill (or more correctly for the latter phase, Ua Maele Sechlainn) and the epithet Got ('The Stammerer'). I have already discussed above the problems which the surnames based on Mac and Ua pose for the reconstruction of Irish dynasties in this period. With the Clann Cholmáin, the problem is compounded by the fact that possibly four of its members in this period were called Mael Sechnaill and their descendants appear in the chronicles as Ua Maele Sechnaill.

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