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An Irish precursor of Dante


An Irish precursor of Dante

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    Charles Stuart Boswell
Excerpt from book: circumstances so as to make up a story: however, the main incidents accord with a fragment of Irish annals given by Mr. O'Grady in the same work, and with the Irish poem formerly ascribed to Adamnan. The means by which St. Moling induced the king to grant his request show all the symptoms of a folk-tale. By the promise of eternal life immediately after death, he procured Finnachta's promise to remit the tribute until textit{Luan, which in Irish properly means Monday, but was also and still is a frequent term for the Day of Judgment?' Black Monday.' The monarch, understanding the word in its literal sense, thought the terms easy, and gave his promise: the saint, however, insisted upon putting his own interpretation on it, and Finnachta had to consent to the perpetual remission of the tribute. The measure itself was most wise and statesmanlike: nevertheless, pernicious as the tribute was, the abolition of it touched the pride of the Ui Neill, the ruling race of Ireland. The organisation of the Church was based upon the clan system which prevailed in the State : religious communities were often composed of fellow- tribesmen, ecclesiastical dignities passed from one generation to another of the same chiefly family, and the head of an order was practically a clerical chieftain, sharing with the lay princes that fatal tendency to prefer local to national interests which has been fraught with consequences to Ireland more dire than the Boruma itself. Adamnan is represented as possessing his full share of this family or racial pride, and joined with the clergy of his race in offering a bitter opposition to the new measure. The narrative of his dealings with Finnachta is more graphic than authentic. With an authority, to say the least of it, worthy of a Hildebrand or Innocent 1n., he sent a...  
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