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Kaer Sidi and Other Celtic Otherworld Terms

Patrick Sims‐Williams

in Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199588657
eISBN:
9780191595431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588657.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter argues that modern terms the Otherworld and l'Autre Monde are problematic and that there was no common Celtic term. Locations overseas and in tumuli are discussed. Terms discussed ... More


Visions: Rights to Souls

Alan E. Bernstein

in Hell and Its Rivals: Death and Retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Early Middle Ages

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781501707803
eISBN:
9781501712494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707803.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter focuses on the visionary otherworld of the early Middle Ages, wherein the damned can improve or even be saved, the living can see death, and the dead can return. In these visions, the ... More


Otherworlds: Fantasy and History in Medieval Literature

Aisling Byrne

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198746003
eISBN:
9780191808708
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746003.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Folk Literature

Otherworlds are a recurrent feature in medieval literary texts and are usually characterized by a set of distinctive features. This study highlights the potentially anachronistic implications of ... More


A Child of the Otherworld

Ralph O'Connor

in The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel: Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199666133
eISBN:
9780191744693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666133.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The Togail begins three generations before Conaire, describing the sexually charged encounter between his great‐grandfather Eochaid Feidlech and the beautiful Otherworld woman Étaín. The saga then ... More


The Road to Da Derga's Hostel

Ralph O'Connor

in The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel: Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199666133
eISBN:
9780191744693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666133.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The sense of mounting tension generated in the saga's first half is sustained by a range of structural and rhetorical devices which are examined in chapters 4 and 5. The chronological gap between ... More


The House of Death

Ralph O'Connor

in The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel: Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199666133
eISBN:
9780191744693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666133.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The momentum of the first half of the saga is further sustained by devices which underscore the perceptions of the protagonists involved. Besides formal prophecies, Conaire's last journey is ... More


Introduction: Worlds within Worlds

Aisling Byrne

in Otherworlds: Fantasy and History in Medieval Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780198746003
eISBN:
9780191808708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746003.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Folk Literature

This Introduction argues that applying the term ‘otherworld’ in a medieval context is anachronistic. It points out the absence of any analogous lexical item in the languages of medieval Britain and ... More


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