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1419Re: : Who uses sister strings (na comhluighe) in tuning their harp a

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  • Joe Ennis
    Feb 8, 2015
      Hi Jacqueline

      Well Giraldus was a clerk and he was part of Norman Invasion of Ireland and he wrote a history in Latin.  The history is full of problems and Giraldus is biased and he considered the Irish hardly more than animals.  So here is some quotes from WIKI  Also Giraldus' history is Mis-quoted by the best of historians.  However Giraldus did say that the Irish has the best Harp players and that they strung their Harps in fine gold.  


      Giraldus Cambrensis in Ireland


      Gerald became a royal clerk and chaplain to King Henry II of England in 1184, first acting mediator between the crown and Prince Rhys ap Gruffydd of Wales. He was chosen to accompany one of the king's sons, John, in 1185 on John's first expedition to Ireland. This was the catalyst for his literary career; his work Topographia Hibernica (first published 1188, and revised at least four more times) is an account of his journey to Ireland; Gerald always referred to it as his Topography, though "History" is the more accurate term. He followed it up, shortly afterwards, with an account of Henry's conquest of Ireland, the Expugnatio Hibernica. Both works were revised and added to several times before his death, and display a notable degree of Latin learning, as well as a great deal of prejudice against a foreign people. Gerald was proud to be related to some of the Norman invaders of Ireland, such as his maternal uncle Robert Fitz-Stephen and Raymond FitzGerald, and his influential account, which portrays the Irish as barbaric savages, gives important insight into Anglo-Norman views of Ireland and the history of the invasion.




      Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of the Taking of Ireland) is a collection of poems and  prose narratives that purports to be a history of Ireland and the Irish from the creation of the world to the Middle Ages. There are a number of versions, the earliest of which was compiled by an anonymous writer in the 11th century. It synthesized narratives that had been developing over the foregoing centuries. Today, most scholars regard the Lebor Gabála as primarily myth rather than history.[1] It appears to be mostly based on medieval Christian pseudo-histories,[1][2] but it also incorporates some of Ireland’s native pagan mythology.  Scholars believe that the goal of its writers was to provide a history for Ireland that could compare to that of Rome or Israel, and which was compatible with Christian teaching.  The Lebor Gabála became one of the most popular and influential works of early Irish literature. It is usually known in English as The Book of Invasions or The Book of Conquests, and in Modern Irish as Leabhar Gabhála Éireann or Leabhar Gabhála na hÉireann


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