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The Cambridge History of Ireland

The Cambridge History of Ireland

Volume 1. 600–1550


Part of The Cambridge History of Ireland

Brendan Smith, Edel Bhreathnach, John Carey, Jane Hawkes, Ales Woolf, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Colin Veach, Nicholas Vincent, Beht Hartland, Katharine Simms, Christopher Maginn, Michael Bennett, Colmán Ó Clabaigh, Margaret Murphy, Peter Crooks, Rachel Moss, Mary Ann Lyons, Robin Frame
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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107110670
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  • The thousand years explored in this book witnessed developments in the history of Ireland that resonate to this day. Interspersing narrative with detailed analysis of key themes, the first volume in The Cambridge History of Ireland presents the latest thinking on key aspects of the medieval Irish experience. The contributors are leading experts in their fields, and present their original interpretations in a fresh and accessible manner. New perspectives are offered on the politics, artistic culture, religious beliefs and practices, social organisation and economic activity that prevailed on the island in these centuries. At each turn the question is asked: to what extent were these developments unique to Ireland? The openness of Ireland to outside influences, and its capacity to influence the world beyond its shores, are recurring themes. Underpinning the book is a comparative, outward-looking approach that sees Ireland as an integral but exceptional component of medieval Christian Europe.

    • Places the Irish experience in the broader context of medieval European developments, allowing for comparisons and contrasts with other countries to emerge
    • Contains new and original perspectives from the leading scholars in the field
    • Written in an accessible style and supported by full scholarly apparatus and carefully selected maps, tables and illustrations
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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107110670
    • length: 680 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.22kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus. 4 maps 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Brendan Smith
    Part I. Christianity, Invasion and Conquest:
    1. Communities and their landscapes Edel Bhreatnach
    2. Learning, imagination and belief John Carey
    3. Art and society Jane Hawkes
    4. The Scandinavian intervention Alex Woolf
    5. Perception and reality: Ireland c.980–1229 Máire Ní Mhaonaigh
    6. Conquest and conquerors Colin Veach
    Part II. English Lordship in Ireland:
    7. Angevin Ireland Nicholas Vincent
    8. The height of English power:
    1250–1320 Beth Hartland
    9. Disaster and opportunity:
    1320–1450 Brendan Smith
    10. The political recovery of Gaelic Ireland Katharine Simms
    11. Continuity and change:
    1470–1550 Christopher Maginn
    12. Late medieval Ireland in a wider world Michael Bennett
    Part III. Religion, Economy and Culture, 1000–1550:
    13. The Church, 1050–1460 Colmán Ó Clabaigh
    14. The economy Margaret Murphy
    15. Gaelic culture and society Katharine Simms
    16. The structure of politics in theory and practice, 1210–1541 Peter Crooks
    17. Material culture Rachel Moss
    18. The onset of religious reform:
    1460–1550 Mary Ann Lyons
    19. Contexts, divisions and unities: perspectives from the Later Middle Ages Robin Frame.

  • Editor

    Brendan Smith, University of Bristol
    Brendan Smith is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and was Rooney Family Newman Scholar at University College Dublin before joining the University of Bristol in 1993. He was appointed Professor of Medieval History at Bristol in 2014. He is the author and editor of numerous books on medieval Ireland, including several collections of historical documents. His research focuses on the English colonists established in Ireland in the decades around 1200, and the relationship of their descendants with England and with their Irish neighbours. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

    General Editor

    Thomas Bartlett, University of Aberdeen


    Brendan Smith, Edel Bhreathnach, John Carey, Jane Hawkes, Ales Woolf, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Colin Veach, Nicholas Vincent, Beht Hartland, Katharine Simms, Christopher Maginn, Michael Bennett, Colmán Ó Clabaigh, Margaret Murphy, Peter Crooks, Rachel Moss, Mary Ann Lyons, Robin Frame

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