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Castles in Ireland : Feudal Power in a Gaelic World - Tom McNeill

Castles in Ireland

Feudal Power in a Gaelic World

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Published: 3rd July 1997
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The castles of Ireland, captivating in the variety and ingenuity of their designs, are an essential part of the history of medieval Europe. Unlike the castles in England, however, they haven't been studies until recently. "Castles in Ireland" explains how a comprehensive study of the documents and physical remains of medieval castles can tell us the stories of the lords who ruled them and the builders who made them.
Much is revealed in these structures made for aristocrats, as the physical is integrated here with the historical story. We learn about Ireland as a setting for the interplay of differing competing lordships: English and Irish; feudal European and Gaelic; royal and baronial. Also in the studying of relations of neighboring castles and in contrasting the pattern of castle building with that of Europe, T.E. McNeill documents the collapse of the lords early hopes of great wealth in Ireland, the weakness of royal power and the consistent neglect of defensive development against domestic comfort at all times. Through his examination of archaeological evidence, the author concludes that contrary to assumptions made about the establishement of English estates in Ireland in the 13th century, the English and Irish found the land and their mutual occupation a peaceful one.

Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Early Castles: to C. 1225p. 5
Before 1166p. 7
Early Castles of Stonep. 17
Early Castles of Earth and Timberp. 56
Castles and the Establishing of English Lordships in Irelandp. 75
From the Early Thirteenth to the Mid-Fourteenth Centuryp. 79
The Central Period of English Lordshipp. 81
Castles in the English Fashionp. 85
Castles in a Divergent Traditionp. 118
Lesser Stone Castlesp. 148
Castles of the Irishp. 157
Summaryp. 165
Castles of the Later Middle Agesp. 169
The Fourteenth Centuryp. 171
Enclosure Castles of the Later Middle Agesp. 175
Tower-Housesp. 201
Tower-Housesp. 211
The Later Middle Ages and the End of Castles in Irelandp. 224
Epiloguep. 230
Gazetteer of Selected Castlesp. 237
Glossaryp. 245
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 254
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ISBN: 9780415165372
ISBN-10: 0415165377
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 3rd July 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 1