ABSTRACT

The title of ‘archbishop’ accorded to the bishop of Armagh in the Book of the Angel was, in fact, interpreted as though it meant overlord, ‘bishop over bishops’, and corresponded to the Irish rí ruirech. All the same, many Irishmen of the late seventh and early eighth century must have understood the position of the contemporary continental or English bishop, and have compared it with Irish practices. While the Romani, were persuading their countrymen to adopt Roman Easter observances, would they not also consider the difficult question of episcopal jurisdiction?