So you’ve been thinking that the year 1130 is pretty good — and thinking that you “were at a monastery but left…”… there’s a pretty good reason for that. Apparently there was a big Church shakeup in the 12th century, spanning over much of the century, starting as early as 1101.

Check out this review: http://oenach.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/4-bracken_on_flanagan.pdf

Basically before 1100, the churches in Ireland were isolationist and supported by the noble families. Then in the 12th century the church tried to restructure them to a more Norman / Roman view of diocese and stuff.

You can also see that here: http://what-when-how.com/medieval-ireland/church-reform-twelfth-century-medieval-ireland/

But this book argues the opposite: https://www.academia.edu/2346454/Clerical_and_Learned_Lineages_of_Medieval_Co._Clare_a_survey_of_the_fifteenth-century_papal_registers

At any rate, there was a lot happening in Irish Churches then.

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