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The Oldest Irish Tradition: A Window on the Iron Age

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K. H. Jackson's The Oldest Irish Tradition: A Window on the Iron Age was originally delivered as the Rede Lecture at the University of Cambridge in 1964. Jackson intended to show that the heroic literature of Ireland, the Ulster cycle of tales, derived from 'pre-historic' oral traditions which flourished before the introduction of Christianity in the fifth century. By clos ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published March 2nd 2011 by Cambridge University Press (first published February 1st 1999)
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Nice short piece, but definitely showing its age now. This one essay could almost be the reason why McCone wrote his book! Still, Jackson must have been quite the scholar in his day. Three quotes:

(not elsewhere seen amazing ideas about the weapons of irish warriors)
There is no mention anywhere in the early texts of the use of bows and arrows, though they occur in later sources; and it is significant that even the names for these, once they do appear, are foreign loan-words, respectively boga fro
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