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    Network Analysis of the Viking Age in Ireland as portrayed in Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh


    Yose, Joseph and Kenna, R. and MacCarron, Máirín and MacCarron, Pádraig (2017) Network Analysis of the Viking Age in Ireland as portrayed in Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh. Royal Society Open Science. ISSN 2054-5703

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    Abstract

    Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh (“The War of the Gaedhil with the Gaill”) is a medieval Irish text, telling how an army under the leadership of Brian Boru challenged Viking invaders and their allies in Ireland, culminating with the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. Brian’s victory is widely remembered for breaking Viking power in Ireland, although much modern scholarship disputes traditional perceptions. Instead of an international conflict between Irish and Viking, interpretations based on revisionist scholarship consider it a domestic feud or civil war. Counter-revisionists challenge this view and a lively debate continues. Here we introduce quantitative measures to the discussions. We present statistical analyses of network data embedded in the text to position its sets of interactions on a spectrum from the domestic to the international. This delivers a picture that lies between antipodal traditional and revisionist extremes; hostilities recorded in the text are mostly between Irish and Viking - but internal conflict forms a significant proportion of the negative interactions too. Additionally, we quantitatively compare the network properties of Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh to those of other epic-type narratives and find that, in many ways, they resemble those of the Iliad.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Network Analysis; Viking Age; Ireland; portrayed; Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Arts and Humanities Institute
    Item ID: 13245
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.171024
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2020 13:00
    Journal or Publication Title: Royal Society Open Science
    Publisher: The Royal Society
    Refereed: Yes
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