By Iain MacDonald
The Highlander hasn't ever loved a superb press, and has been frequently characterized as peripheral and barbaric compared to his Lowland neighbour, extra prone to scuffling with than serving God. In Clerics and Clansmen Iain MacDonald examines how the medieval Church in Gaelic Scotland, frequently considered as remoted and inappropriate, persevered to operate within the face of poverty, periodic struggle, and the ambitious powers of the extended family chiefs. Focusing upon the diocese of Argyll, the examine analyses the lifetime of the bishopric, earlier than broadening to contemplate the parochial clergy – specifically origins, celibacy, schooling, and pastoral care. faraway from being superficial, it finds a Church deeply embedded inside of its host society whereas ultimate plugged into the mainstream of Latin Christendom.
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ALI Acts of the Lords of the Isles, 1336–1493, eds. J. W. Munro (SHS, Edinburgh, 1986). APS The Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland, eds. T. Thomson and C. Innes, 12 vols. (Edinburgh, 1814–75). AS Abstracts of the Particular Register of Sasines for Argyll, Bute and Dumbarton, ed. H. Campbell, 2 vols. (Edinburgh, 1933). ASPA Archive of the Apostolic Penitentiary, transcripts from the Vatican Archives in the History Subject Area (Scottish), University of Glasgow. ASV Archivio Segreto Vaticano. AT Argyll Transcripts, made by the 10th Duke of Argyll (Argyll MSS, Inveraray; photostat copies of extracts in the History Subject Area (Scottish), University of Glasgow).
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Meek, The Quest for Celtic Christianity (Haddington, 2000); Thomas Owen Clancy, “‘Celtic’ or ‘Catholic’? Writing the history of Scottish Christianity, ad 664–1093”, RSCHS 32 (2002), 5–40. 2 This relationship still awaits proper analysis, but see Barrell, Papacy for the fourteenth century. 5 Yet it has also become a rather convenient stick to beat the medieval Church with and belittle its performance, without giving fuller consideration of its everyday operation and the quality of its personnel, or of regional and cultural variations.