Norman culture in focus at Ferns conference

EXPLORING the extent to which the arrival of the Normans in the 12th Century brought about complete cultural change and transformation of the monastic landscape in the southeast of Ireland, are just two of the topics at this year's Ferns Heritage Conference.

The conference will take place on September 9 and 10 at St Edan's Cathedral, Ferns. Organised by the local Ferns Heritage Project Group, the conference is a great opportunity to hear some of Ireland's foremost historians and archaeologists dealing with continuity and change following the arrival of the Normans.

The traditional perception has been that the arrival of the Anglo-Normans in south eastern Ireland changed Irish culture completely and forever. In reality however, the 12th century was already a period of economic and social change before the arrival of FitzStephen, Strongbow and Henry II. By focusing on the monastic foundation in Ferns the conference will also look at the transformation of the monastic landscape in the southeast of Ireland following the arrival of the Anglo Normans.

The wider influence of the Normans on Ireland will be the main focus of the conference with papers on food and identify, and disease and medicine giving an insight into people's lives in the medieval period.

By the later medieval period Ireland was home to a number of dietary systems that differed in accordance with social rank, region and access to market while the arrival of the Normans also brought new thinking in the treatment of ailments and diseases. Book at fernsheritageconference@gmail.com or call 087-4189740.

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