Irish Royal Charters and the Cistercian order
This chapter focuses on the Latin charters issued by Irish kings in favour of Cistercian communities, or houses that were to become affiliated to the Cistercian order, in an effort to explore the role that Cistercian houses may have played in the promotion of document production in twelfth- and early thirteenth-century Ireland. The numbers of surviving Irish royal charters are pitifully small by comparison with English, Scottish, or Welsh charters, but nevertheless they shed valuable light both on documentary use and aspects of the political and religious history of the period and raise important questions, even though many of them are incapable of secure resolution owing to the partial nature of the evidence and paucity of the texts.
KeywordsReligious Community Twelfth Century Cistercian Evolution General Chapter Monastic Community
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