By Iain MacDonald

The Highlander hasn't ever loved an exceptional press, and has been often characterized as peripheral and barbaric compared to his Lowland neighbour, extra prone to battling than serving God. In Clerics and Clansmen Iain MacDonald examines how the medieval Church in Gaelic Scotland, usually considered as remoted and inappropriate, persevered to operate within the face of poverty, periodic battle, and the bold powers of the extended family chiefs. Focusing upon the diocese of Argyll, the research analyses the lifetime of the bishopric, ahead of broadening to contemplate the parochial clergy – specifically origins, celibacy, schooling, and pastoral care. faraway from being superficial, it unearths a Church deeply embedded inside of its host society whereas ultimate plugged into the mainstream of Latin Christendom.

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She has patiently tolerated my continual grumbling about the work during the past four years and read several drafts of early chapters. Her constructive criticism, encouragement and moral support have been of immeasurable benefit to both me and this publication. Neither can I overlook the girls, Victoria and Rebecca, who have enjoyed several long car journeys around Argyll visiting so many of those wonderful ruined castles and churches over the past couple of years, often in superb weather! Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to my family, in particular my parents, Ronald and Catherine, for their support and the sacrifices they have made.

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