Annals of Loch Ce f.32r
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
Early medieval Irish history has an unusually rich body of evidence for an area which was not under the rule of the Roman empire. Year-by-year written records of events (annals) were kept by monasteries from the early centuries of Christianity, being well established by the early 7th century. This manuscript has one of the most important of these, the original copy of the Premonstratensian house of the Holy Trinity, which is located on an island in Loch Ce (Lough Key). Probably based upon earlier annals of the Cistercian abbey nearby at Boyle, they were written under the patronage of the MacDermot family and are sometimes called the Annals of Boyle. Beginning with events of Genesis, the annals continue through political events and the history of Christianity on the Continent and in Ireland into the 13th century. The annals were part of a long-term project of the Irish aristocracy to link native history to that of Christianity.
Near the end of the manuscript, this page records events from the end of 1233 through 1234. Amid the usual commemorations of deaths and atrocities, Loch Ce is mentioned, but the longest entries concern the Norman lords, Richard Marechal, who was campaigning against the Saxons, and the battles of Hugo and Walter de Lacy.