INTRODUCTION TO ANNALS OF THE FOUR MASTERS
- Teacher introduces the Annals of the Four Masters.
- Teacher distributes Worksheet: Researching the Annals of the Four Masters.
- Teacher explains several factors that have to be taken into account when interpreting evidence in the Annals of the Four Masters:
- They were compiled in the first half of the seventeenth century by Irish Franciscan monks.
- These monks copied material from older manuscripts which, in turn, were compiled mainly by monks and scribes of earlier times.
- Some entries are primary sources as the events recorded were contemporary, either with the earlier compilers or with the seventeenth century compilers.
- A large portion of the material was originally collected from poets, bards, druids, brehons and other sources, many of them oral sources.
- The Annals of the Four Masters were translated into English by John O'Donovan in the mid nineteenth century.
- Teacher explains how to access Annals of the Four Masters.
The Celt website may be accessed by several methods:
- through its web address: http://www.ucc.ie/celt/
- through the University College, Cork (UCC) website. Celt is a UCC project
- through a directory of Irish websites
- through submitting the query 'Annals of the Four Masters' to a search engine.
- In the Celt website, follow the links through Published, Translated texts, The Annals of the Four Masters, Annal M 2242.
- Dates BC in AFM (at the left of the screen) are additive from a base year believed to be the year of Creation.
- We begin at the year 2242 to find our first clue.
- We proceed to the year 3370 for our second clue, follow on to the year 3500 and so on.
- Teacher gives instructions on preferred option for downloading and displaying material.
- Teacher has already decided that students should either:
- print out pages directly from the Internet OR
- print out highlighted passages directly from the Internet OR
- copy and paste to a word processing file, save and print later.
- Students may manipulate material in the word processing file before printing and the material collected could be displayed in a folder, on a chart or a wall display.