On Feb 25, 1:59pm, Shae wrote:
> to hold the office, Celtic societal structure prevented it happening. An
> 'actual' high kingship, imposed by Brian, was contrary to that structure
> and, IMO, led to its eventual demise.
Well, Irish society at that time seems to use clientship & similar
feudal-like behaviors as the organizing principle, at least the
organizing principle of the upper classes. So, it wouldn't be
surprising to find a few kings at the upper reaches that had all the
tuatha divided up amongst them as clients. So why not just one?
There would naturally be competition among the members of this top
layer for clients, so it would not be at all surprising (& is
regularly recorded) that one member of this class vanquished another &
takes the defeated rival as a client. It really would not be all that
different from contemporary Europe either; aside from the fact that
the feudalism is upside-down, that is.
I think Irish society changed because of continental influences,
particulary the Norman-English invasion. New church, new invaders,
new problems, new ideas.