Book Series Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe, vol. 36

Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Medieval Brittany, 450–1200

Connections and Disconnections

Caroline Brett, Paul Russell, Fiona Edmonds (eds)

  • Pages: xii + 376 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:7 b/w, 13 col., 2 tables b/w., 17 maps b/w, 3 maps color
  • Language(s):English, French
  • Publication Year:2023

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60110-6
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Dr Caroline Brett is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at the University of Cambridge. She is currently the Research Associate on the ‘Brittany and the Atlantic Archipelago’ project.
Professor Paul Russell is Professor of Celtic in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, and the Principal Investigator of the ‘Brittany and the Atlantic Archipelago’ project.
Dr Fiona Edmonds is Lecturer and Director of the Regional Heritage Centre at Lancaster University, an Honorary Research Fellow of the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, and the Co-Investigator of the ‘Brittany and the Atlantic Archipelago’ project.


While it is well-established that Brittany and the Insular world were closely linked during the medieval period, the precise nature of these connections continues to spark debate. Was there a significant migration in the fifth century, or were the connections more multi-faceted and enduring than medieval accounts suggest? And how might we triangulate the Atlantic connections with other influences on medieval Brittany, including those from the Carolingian world?

Drawing together research that was first presented at the conference ‘Brittany and the Atlantic Archipelago: Contact, Myth and History 450–1200’, held in Cambridge in December 2017, this volume seeks to present new and ground-breaking research into both Brittany and its broader European context during the medieval period. The chapters gathered here range across various disciplines, including textual history, archaeology, hagiography, onomastics, and the study of liturgical evidence, offering new insights into our understanding of medieval Brittany, as well as drawing out particular connections (and disconnections) between Brittany and its neighbours.


List of Illustrations



1. Introduction
Caroline Brett, Fiona Edmonds, and Paul Russell

2. The 'Late Roman Military Migration': A Historiographical Myth
Patrick Galliou

3. The Settlement of Brittany in Light of a Migration Period Archaeology
John Hines

4. The Archaeology of Early Medieval Rural Societies in Brittany Settlements, Landscapes, Legacies, and New Influences: Interdisciplinary Research
Isabelle Catteddu and Joseph Le Gall

5. Espace et pouvoirs en Bretagne aux premiers siècles du Moyen Âge (VIe–IXe siècle)
Magali Coumert

6. Alain de Bretagne, l’exil d’un Prince
Joelle Quaghebeur

7. Memoria, Memorialization, and the Monks of Mont-Saint-Michel, c. 960–1033
K. S. B. Keats-Rohan

8. Présence d’une culture celtique insulaire chez les anciens hagiographes bretons
Joseph-Claude Poulin

9. Cross-Channel Intercourse in the Earliest Breton Vitae
Karen Jankulak

10. Explaining the Origins of Brittany in the Twelfth Century: St Cadog’s Solution
Ben Guy

11. Generic Place-Name Elements in the Three Brittonic Regions
O.J. Padel

12. Facing Different Ways: the Onomastics of People in Medieval Brittany
Paul Russell