Early Irish Monasticism and their Astronomers

Early Irish Monasticism and their Astronomers

The Irish friars were distinctly different from the monks, especially Benedictines, who lived in Italian, Spanish or French abbeys and monasteries, but also in Northumbria, in the centre of Great Britain. These characters, half friars and half druids, had a considerable interest in astronomy, due not only to the druidic substratum, but also to the fact that the Roman Church had established some very specific canons, based on the moon phases, for the calendar liturgical, for the date of Easter and for other religious occasions. Continue reading Early Irish Monasticism and their Astronomers