In Dialogue with Normans: The Norman Presence in Ireland and Cultural Change

Máire Ní Mhaonaigh
University of Cambridge

This paper will examine Norman reflexes in medieval Irish literature in the second half of the twelfth century and into the thirteeenth. The coming of Cambro-Normans into Ireland in 1169 and after has been analysed in depth in terms of political developments but less has been written about the cultural effects the coming of groups immersed in French culture had upon contemporary Irish literature. The paper will contextualise one of the great literary products of the period, the lengthy prosimetric narrative, ‘The Colloquy of the Ancients’ (Acallam na Senórach).