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aisling

in Irish literature, a poetic or dramatic description or representation of a vision. The Vision of Adamnan is one of the best-known examples. In the 18th century the aisling became popular as a means of expressing support for the exiled Roman Catholic king James II of England and Ireland and for the restoration of the Roman Catholic Stuart line to the throne. The word is of Irish origin and means "a vision" or a "description of a vision."

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