Words and Proper Names

rígdamna

3324.
McGowan (Megan): Royal succession in earlier medieval Ireland: the fiction of tanistry.
In Peritia 17–18 (2003–2004), pp. 357–381.
Examines evidence from legal, genealogical, narrative, and annalistic sources for the use of the term tánaise ríg, and proposes this signified ‘the second in rank to a king’, while arguing that this institution was only a political ideal in early medieval Ireland and was not put into practice (and only partially) until later times.