A rather romantic portrayal of a man named Caribert Herbert Cambert Laon...he lived from abt 690-747 ce and he is yet another vague relation...Most men died awfully young...thirty seems to have been a decent age in those times...but they were endlessly fighting among themselves and with anyone else who happened to be around at the time...they fought for land and for religion and to show off their prowess and skill...their women bore their children and then retreated to nunneries where the fighting was about power and religion and involved words and exculsion rather than actual weapons...
It would be these times in Ireland where the ringforts were still in use...small farms surrounded by earthen banks...the remains of which are in virtually every field in this area...less so in the Midlands and almost never seen in the South and East. This was a period in history when Irish life was reasonably stable and peaceful...unlike England and much of France and Germany, where there seems to have been a constant state of wars and minor squabbles which probably affected everyones lives.The Irish didn't really concern themselves about the new religion of Christianity...there were quietly zealous hermit monks but Paganism was still the belief of the majority and the new religion was relatively slow to take hold. Most of our early Saints began to appear during the 800's and 900's and but the huge monasteries and nunneries of the rest of Europe were'nt established in Ireland until after 10000...
The Irish people fought of course...endlessly battling each other in order to gain some supremacy and acquire lands...but that wasn't really until the 1100's and onwards that the old Irish kings really began to show their mettle.
While I've been trawling all those old records of who fought with whom and why and who was betrayed and murdered in cold blood and the stories of the women who beat a hasty retreat to the local nunnery where they too engaged in their own versions of battles it's dawned on me that I might know quite a great deal about early Christian churches in Ireland and much about the Middle Ages...but I know very little about the Dark Ages.