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Living on the edge: Scandinavian Dublin in the twelfth century

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The term 'Scandinavian Dublin' applies to the years before 1171: prior to the seizure of Dublin by the Henry II and the execution of its last viking king Ascall mac Torcaill. This chapter explores the identity of the Dubliners in the twelfth century. It discusses about town's political dealings with its Irish neighbours. The chapter also explores Dublin's connections across the Irish Sea. The subject of identity is undoubtedly complex, but some generalisations may be made by dividing our evidence into the broad categories of assigned and self-expressed identity. Dublin's relations with her neighbours in Ireland were coloured by the attempts of various kings to bring the wealthy port under their control. Dublin was clearly regarded as significant in the literature of this period, and it was identified as one of the 'wonders of Ireland'.

Keywords: Henry II; Irish Sea; Scandinavian Dublin



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