A short exploration of the inauguration of kings in late medieval Ireland, and its depiction in bardic poetry.
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This paper examines the practice of royal inauguration in high and late medieval Ireland, and it’s depiction in bardic poetry of that period. This calls for a description of royal inauguration and a brief introduction on bardic poetry. With a survey of bardic poems and a focus on one of those poems I give a preliminary examination of the nature of those poems and asses them as a historical source for the period.