A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

Gadgets let us know startling tales. a few remember catastrophes-a jewelled lizard pendant retrieved from a wrecked armada send of 1588, or the handkerchief waved via a clergyman in Derry in 1972 to transparent a route to security for a wounded 17-year outdated boy. Others motivate ask yourself- the gold lunula that shone at the breast of an historical king, or the trophy that Irish goldminers in Australia had made for a nationalist hero. From the easy fish seize of the earliest population of the island to the 1st industrially produced microprocessor, they take us during the historical past of individuals in eire. additionally they supply a glimpse into the lives and minds of long-dead participants. all of the a hundred items chosen is given a ancient context, a cultural energy, a political depth. What makes every one pulse with existence is the assumption of the folks who touched and have been touched through it.

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For most probably Constantine himself invented the so-called Glagolitic alphabet, which is based upon the Greek cursive and possibly some Oriental characters also. Only after his death, toward the end of the century, one of his brother's disciples developed that script of limited use into the well-known “Cyrillic” alphabet, combining Greek uncials with some additional signs for specifically Slavic sounds. In any case, the Slavs thus received their own alphabet, which contributed to their literary progress but at the same time created a lasting cultural difference, to a certain extent even a barrier, between those of them who remained faithful to that tradition, and all other European peoples, including those of the Slavs who eventually decided for the Latin alphabet.

Olga first went to Constantinople where in 957 she was solemnly received by Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus. Probably, however, no agreement 45 was reached, since two years later she sent her envoys to the German king, Otto I, asking him to send a bishop to Kiev. This was before Otto’s coronation by the pope as Roman Emperor, but in any case it would have brought Russia under papal authority and under Western influence. Just as in the case of the Moravian church almost one hundred years earlier, it would have been a German influence.

Advancing through the territory of the Krivichians, who with their branch of the Polochanians in the Polotsk region correspond to the White Ruthenians of the future, the Normans, led by two of Rurik’s “boyars,” Askold and Dir, went down the Dnieper River and passing between the Dregovichians and Drevlianians in the west, and the Radimichians and Viatichians in the east all of which were tribes that were conquered only later—came into the land of the Polianians around Kiev. Probably around 858 they established their rule in that important center which still paid tribute to the Khazars and was practically controlled by a Magyar leader.

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