A New History of Ireland, Volume II: Medieval Ireland 1169-1534
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (December 15, 2008)
A New History of Ireland is the largest scholarly project in modern Irish history. In 9 volumes, it provides a comprehensive new synthesis of modern scholarship on every aspect of Irish history and prehistory, from the earliest geological and archaeological evidence, through the Middle Ages, down to the present day.
Volume II opens with a character study of medieval Ireland and a panoramic view of the country c.1169, followed by nineteen chapters of narrative history, with a survey of “Land and People, c.1300.” There are further chapters on Gaelic and colonial society, economy and trade, literature in Irish, French, and English, architecture and sculpture, manuscripts and illuminations, and coinage.
A Dictionary of Irish Saints
Ó Riain, Pádraig
Publisher: Four Courts Press (October 20, 2011)
Scarcely a parish in Ireland is without one or more dedications to saints – in the form of churches in ruins, holy wells, or other ecclesiastical monuments. A Dictionary of Irish Saints serves as a guide to the (mainly documentary) sources of information on the saints named in these dedications. The need for a summary biographical dictionary of Irish saints – containing information on such matters as feastdays, localizations, chronology, and genealogies – has never before been satisfied. Author Padraig O Riain has been working in the field of Irish hagiography for upwards of 40 years, and the material for the over 1,000 entries in A Dictionary of Irish Saints has come from a variety of sources, including lives of the saints, martyrologies, shorter tracts on the saints (some of them accessible only in manuscripts), annals, annates, collections of folklore, Ordnance Survey letters, and other documents.
The Friars in Ireland, 1224-1540
Ó Clabaigh, Colmán N.
Publisher: Four Courts Press (April 12, 2012)
Beginning with the arrival of the Dominicans in Dublin in 1224 and concluding with the Dissolution Campaign of 1540-1541, this book surveys the history, lifestyle, and pastoral and cultural impact of the the mendicant friars in medieval Ireland – Dominicans, Franciscans, Augustinians, Carmelites, Friars of the Sack, and the Dominican and Franciscan Regular Tertiaries. The first section give a chronological overview of developments within each order from arrival and initial expansion in the 13th century, through the upheavals of the 14th century, and to the emergence of vigorous revival movements within each body in the 15th and early 16th centuries. The second section examines various aspects of the friars’ lives and ministry. These include analyses of the relationships between the friars, their patrons, and their critics. The book concludes with an epilogue detailing the developments and upheavals in Irish mendicant life during the decade between 1530 and 1540.
St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 22, 2005)
Ireland’s patron saint has long been shrouded in legend, but the true story of St. Patrick is far more inspiring than the myths. In St. Patrick of Ireland, Philip Freeman brings the historic Patrick and his world vividly to life. Patrick speaks in his own voice in two remarkable letters he wrote about himself and his beliefs, new translations of which are included here and which are still astonishing for their passion and eloquence.
Born late in the fourth century to an aristocratic British family, Patrick’s life was changed forever when he was abducted and taken to Ireland just before his sixteenth birthday. He spent six grueling years there as a slave, but the ordeal turned him from an atheist into a true believer. After a vision in which God told him he would go home, Patrick escaped captivity and, following a perilous journey, returned safely to Britain to the amazement of his family. But even more amazing to them was his announcement that he intended to go back to Ireland to spend the rest of his life ministering to the people who had once enslaved him.
Set against the turbulent backdrop of the British Isles during the last years of the Roman Empire, St. Patrick of Ireland brilliantly brings to life the real Patrick, shorn of legend, a man whose deep spiritual conviction and devotion helped to transform a country.
Government, War and Society in Medieval Ireland: Essays by Edmund Curtis, A.J. Otway-Ruthven and James Lydon
Crooks, Peter (Editor)
Publisher: Four Courts Press (November 20, 2008)
In the late twelfth century, Ireland was absorbed into the dominions of the kings of England. This seminal development transformed the social and political life of the island, with implications that resonate to the present day.
This volume brings together twenty classic essays by three of the greatest historians of later medieval Ireland: Edmund Curtis (d. 1943), Jocelyn Otway-Ruthven (d. 1989) and James Lydon. These scholars successively held the Lecky Chair of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin, for a period of nearly fifty years. The collection includes several of their most influential studies on the social, institutional, and political character of the English colony in Ireland between the invasion of the late 12th century and the Act of Kingly Title in 1541. It includes Otway-Ruthven’s unsurpassed studies of central and local government; and James Lydon’s seminal explorations of the identity of the English community in medieval Ireland. To set the scene for this pioneering work, the collection opens with Edmund Curtis’s lecture on Irish history and its popular versions – delivered in 1925, as the fledgling Irish Free State was coming to terms with independence. The republication of these essays in a single collection will provide scholars, students and the general public alike with ready access to an invaluable intellectual resource.