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TOMÁS Ó CARRIGÁIN, Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory , New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2010, ISBN: 9780300154443, £40

TOMÁS Ó CARRIGÁIN, Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory , New... TOMÁS Ó CARRIGÁIN, Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2010, ISBN: 9780300154443, £40 Tomás Ó Carrigáin has produced a wonderfully rich book, lavishly illustrated, with a text displaying acute powers of visual analysis informed by an impressively erudite command of literary sources, whether early Church Fathers, Old Irish legal tracts, or the latest paper on some obscure Ottonian church in Bavaria. However, like rich food, one has to temper one's appetite to avoid indigestion. It is not a book to be rushed. Having its genesis in a PhD thesis means that there are sections on some aspects of masonry which were not for me the easiest of reads, but Ó Carrigáin succeeds in making even the most pernickety detail (which I might have otherwise been tempted to skip) count towards his wider arguments. It is by far the most comprehensive survey of Irish church architecture before the twelfth century, which might not sound terribly appealing because of the remarkable homogeneity of the extant remains ­ almost exclusively smallish rectangular churches constructed of rubble, with hardly any sculptural decoration, mouldings, decorated doorways or windows, with little sign of development over http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

TOMÁS Ó CARRIGÁIN, Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory , New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2010, ISBN: 9780300154443, £40

Architectural Heritage , Volume 24 (1): 123 – Nov 1, 2013

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Edinburgh University Press
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© The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, 2013
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Reviews; Historical Studies
ISSN
1350-7524
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1755-1641
DOI
10.3366/arch.2013.0050
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TOMÁS Ó CARRIGÁIN, Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2010, ISBN: 9780300154443, £40 Tomás Ó Carrigáin has produced a wonderfully rich book, lavishly illustrated, with a text displaying acute powers of visual analysis informed by an impressively erudite command of literary sources, whether early Church Fathers, Old Irish legal tracts, or the latest paper on some obscure Ottonian church in Bavaria. However, like rich food, one has to temper one's appetite to avoid indigestion. It is not a book to be rushed. Having its genesis in a PhD thesis means that there are sections on some aspects of masonry which were not for me the easiest of reads, but Ó Carrigáin succeeds in making even the most pernickety detail (which I might have otherwise been tempted to skip) count towards his wider arguments. It is by far the most comprehensive survey of Irish church architecture before the twelfth century, which might not sound terribly appealing because of the remarkable homogeneity of the extant remains ­ almost exclusively smallish rectangular churches constructed of rubble, with hardly any sculptural decoration, mouldings, decorated doorways or windows, with little sign of development over

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2013

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