The archipelagic kingdoms of Man and the Isles that flourished from
the last quarter of the eleventh century down to the middle of the
thirteenth century represent two forgotten kingdoms of the medieval
British Isles. They were ruled by powerful individuals, with
unquestionably regnal status, who interacted in a variety of ways
with rulers of surrounding lands and who left their footprint on a
wide range of written documents and upon the very landscapes and
seascapes of the islands they ruled. Yet British history has tended
to overlook these Late Norse maritime empires, which thrived for
two centuries on the Atlantic frontiers of Britain. This book
represents the first ever overview of both Manx and Hebridean
dynasties that dominated Man and the Isles from the late eleventh
to the mid-thirteenth centuries. Coverage is broad and is not
restricted to politics and warfare. An introductory chapter
examines the maritime context of the kingdoms in light of recent
work in the field of maritime history, while subsequent
chronological and narrative chapters trace the history of the
kingdoms from their origins through their maturity to their demise
in the thirteenth century. Separate chapters examine the economy
and society, church and religion, power and architecture.
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