Traversing the Inner Seas (2017)

Traversing the Inner Seas (2017)

This peer-reviewed volume represents some of the foremost research from the Society’s most recent residential conferences, exploring the turbulent history and legacy of the interconnected seascape between Scotland and the north of Ireland.

Throughout the medieval period, the ‘Inner Seas’ linking Scotland, the Hebrides, and the north of Ireland represented a confluence and crucible of identity. The region’s myriad islands served as stepping stones in a maritime network across which people, property, and perceptions travelled freely and purposefully. Encompassing three main themes, ten authors, and a multitude of interdisciplinary insights, this peer-reviewed volume represents some of the foremost research from the most recent residential conferences of the Scottish Society for Northern Studies, exploring the turbulent history and legacy of this interconnected seascape as both centre and periphery.

Edited by Christian Cooijmans (University of Edinburgh)

  • Longhouses Below the Waves: A Place-Name Analysis of the Norse Settlement of Tiree (John Holliday – An Iodhlann, Tiree)
  • What’s in a Name? The Historical Significance of Norse Naming Strategies in the Isle of Islay (Alan Macniven – University of Edinburgh)
  • Gaming Material Culture and Hybridity: Finlaggan and the Kingdom of the Isles at Play (Mark Hall – Perth & Kinross Trust)
  • Scottish Affairs and the Political Context of Cogadh Gaedhel Re Gallaibh (Clare Downham – University of Liverpool)
  • The Use of the Scandinavian Place-Name Elements –Sætr and –Ærgi in Skye and the Outer Hebrides (Ryan Foster – University of Edinburgh)
  • News Recording and Cultural Connections between Early Medieval Ireland and Northern Britain (Nicholas Evans – University of Hull)
  • An Exploration of Thing Sites in the Islands on the Scottish West Coast (Alexandra Sanmark – University of the Highlands and Islands)
  • The Norway to Be: Laithlind and Avaldsnes (Arne Kruse – University of Edinburgh)
  • Hammerhead Crosses of the Viking Age (Jamie Barnes – University of Glasgow)
  • Late Medieval Vikings: The MacDonald Raids on Orkney c. 1461 (Ian Peter Grohse – Volda University College)

[…] nicely designed and well-produced […]. It is an enjoyable and very useful book.
– Mary A. MacLeod Rivett (Northern Scotland)

There is little to criticise and much to digest in this high-quality publication.
– Peadar Morgan (Journal of Scottish Name Studies)

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