Michael J. Enright
Ph.D., Wayne State University
Office: Brewster A341
A native of Ireland, Michael Enright was mostly educated in the United States and served in the U.S. Army from 1970-72. He received his Ph.D. in Medieval European History from Wayne State University with a specialty in northern Europe in the Early Middle Ages. After several years as an instructor, he taught as Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter at the Westfalische Wilhelms Universitat in Munster, West Germany, from 1980-85. While there, he wrote his first book (Iona, Tara and Soissons: The Origin of the Royal Anointing Ritual) which was edited by Karl Hauck for the prestigious series Arbeiten Zur Fruhmittelalterforschung. Returning to the U.S. in 1985, he accepted a position at McNeese State University and, subsequently, at East Carolina University in 1988. In 1996, he published Lady With a Mead Cup: Ritual Prophecy and Lordship in the European Warband from La Tene to the Viking Age. From 1986 to 2000, Enright spent each summer in Germany and Ireland while continuing to attend conferences and to publish in a variety of German, British, and American journals. Most recently, he has written The Sutton Hoo Sceptre and the Roots of Celtic Kingship Theory. Enright has taught seminars on Bede, Gregory of Tours, Medieval Kingships, Paganism and Christianity in the Early Middle Ages, and The Investiture Conflict, among other topics. He regularly teaches courses on The Middle Ages, The History of Christianity to 1300, and the first half of the World Civilizations survey. He is preparing a course on The Celtic World from 700bc to 1603ad.
" Warlords and Women in the First Millenium: The Case of the Prophetess and the Experience of the Followers' Wives and Daughters" in Dieter Quast, ed., Weibliche Eliten in des Fruhgeschichte (Verlag des Romisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, Mainz 2011), pp. 145-185.
"Prophets and Princes on Isles of Ocean: A "Call" for an Old Testament Style Regime in Vita Columbae", Peritia 21 (2010), pp. 56-135.
The Sutton Hoo Sceptre and the Roots of Celtic Kingship Theory. Four Courts Press, 2006.
Lady With a Mead Cup: Ritual Prophecy and Lordship in the European Warband from La Tene to the Viking Age. Four Courts Press, 1995.
Iona, Tara and Soissons: The Origin of the Royal Anointing Ritual in Francia. Walter de Gruyter, 1985.
“Further Reflections on Royal Ordinations in the Vita Columbae.” In M. Richter and P. Ni Chathain (eds.) Ogma: Essays on Celtic Studies. Dublin, 2002.
“Fires of Knowledge: A Theory of Warband Education in Medieval Ireland and Homeric Greece.” In M. Richter and P. Ni Chathain (eds.) Ireland and Europe in the Early Middle Ages: Texts and Transmissions. Dublin, 2002.
“The Cosmic Justice of Hanging Hera.” (With Anthony Papalas). Syllecta Classica 13 (2003): 19-33
HIST 1030: World Civilizations to 1500
HIST 3412: A History of Christianity to 1300
HIST 3415: The Middle Ages