By Bob Quinn

ISBN-10: 1843510243

ISBN-13: 9781843510246

Irish id is better understood from a maritime viewpoint. For 8 millennia the island has been a haven for explorers, settlers, colonists, navigators, pirates and investors, soaking up items and peoples from all issues of the compass. The relief of the islanders to the particular class 'Celtic' has continued for 3 hundred years, and is right here rejected as impossibly slender. No classical writer ever defined Ireland's population as 'Celts', and neither did the Irish so describe themselves until eventually contemporary instances. The islanders' sea-girt tradition has been crucially formed via heart jap in addition to by way of eu civilizations, by way of an Islamic background in addition to a Christian one. The Irish language itself has old roots prolonged over hundreds of thousands of years' buying and selling up and down the Atlantic seaways.

Over the previous 20 years Bob Quinn has traced archaeological, linguistic, non secular and fiscal connections from Egypt to Arann, from Morocco to Newgrange, from Cairo and Compostela to Carraroe. Taking Conamara sean-nos making a song and its Arabic equivalents, and a North African linguistic stratum below the Irish tongue, Quinn marshalls proof from box archaeology, boat-types, manuscript illuminations, weaving styles, mythology, literature, paintings and artefacts to aid a difficult thesis that cites, between different contemporary experiences of the Irish genome, new mitochondrial DNA research within the Atlantic quarter from north Iberia to west Scandinavia.

The Atlantean Irish is a sumptuously illustrated, interesting, intervention in Irish cultural heritage. Forcefully debated, and utterly persuasive, it opens up a earlier past Europe, linking Orient to Occident. What started as a private quest-narrative turns into a category-dissolving highbrow experience of common importance. it's a publication whose time has arrived.

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