Early Modern Ireland: New Sources, Methods, and Perspectives offers fresh approaches and case studies that push the field of early modern Ireland, and of British and European history more generally, into unexplored directions.
The centuries between 1500 and 1700 were pivotal in Ireland’s history, yet so much about this period has remained neglected until relatively recently, and a great deal has yet to be explored. Containing seventeen original and individually commissioned essays by an international and interdisciplinary group of leading and emerging scholars, this book covers a wide range of topics, including social, cultural, and political history as well as folklore, medicine, archaeology, and digital humanities, all of which are enhanced by a selection of maps, graphs, tables, and images.
Urging a reevaluation of the terms and assumptions which have been used to describe Ireland’s past, and a consideration of the new directions in which the study of early modern Ireland could be taken, Early Modern Ireland: New Sources, Methods, and Perspectives is a groundbreaking collection for students and scholars studying early modern Irish history.
Table of Contents
Forward: New Directions for Early Modern Ireland, Nicholas Canny
1. Introduction: The Past, Present and Future of Early Modern Ireland, Sarah Covington, Vincent Carey and Valerie McGowan-Doyle
2. Writing the Social and Cultural History of Ireland, 1550-1660: Wills as Example and Inspiration, Clodagh Tait
3. ‘I doe add this treatise, as a supplement of mine owne experience’: Subjectivity and Life-writing in Early Modern Ireland, Marie-Louise Coolahan
4. ‘Clerical Wives in Tudor and Early Stuart Ireland’, Bronagh McShane
5. Making Early Modern Irish Studies Irish? Teaching, Learning and Researching Early Modern Irish in a Digital Age, Brendan Kane
6. Bardic Close Reading, Sarah E. McKibben
7. "Nation" as Pobal in Seventeenth-Century Irish, Peter McQuillan
8. Munster and India: The Local and Global in Early Modern Ireland, Marc Caball
9. Questioning the Viceroys: Towards a New Model of English government in Tudor Ireland, 1536-1594, David Edwards
10. "[T]hey … doo nowe resort to the fountaine heade": The Palesmen’s Petitions During the Nine Years’ War, 1594-1603, Ruth A. Canning
11. Institutional History and the Early Modern Irish State, Coleman A. Dennehy
12. The History of Medicine in Early Modern Ireland: Some Research Problems and Opportunities, John Cunninghan
13. Dung-Beetles and the ‘Vulgar Traditions’: Applying Folkloric Sources and Methods to Early Modern Ireland, Sarah Covington
14. ‘Barbarisme and obdurate wilfulnesse’: Agricultural Materialism, Animal Welfare and Irish Studies, Willy Maley
15. Archaeologies of Early Modern Ireland – Crossing the Disciplinary Divide, Dr James Lyttleton
16. ‘Climate, Debt and Conflict: Environmental History as a New Direction in Understanding Early Modern Ireland’, Francis Ludlow and Arlene Crampsie
17. Mapping the Past: Geographical Information Systems and the Exploitation of Linked Historical Data, Micheál Ó Siochrú and David Brown
Afterword: Revising Anew’ Early Modern Irish History, Jane Ohlmeyer
Sarah Covington is Professor of History at the Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York, and director of the Irish Studies program at Queens College. In addition to two books and numerous articles on early modern England and Ireland, she is the author of a forthcoming book that will explore the political, folkloric, literary, and religious afterlives of Oliver Cromwell in Ireland over three centuries.
Vincent P. Carey teaches European history at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in upstate New York. He has published extensively on sixteenth-century Ireland and is currently finishing a book tentatively titled Murder on the Border of the Pale: A Sixteenth-Century Irish Micro-History.
Valerie McGowan-Doyle is Professor of History at Lorain County Community College and Adjunct Associate Professor of History at Kent State University. She is the author of The Book of Howth: Elizabethan Conquest and the Old English (2011) and coeditor of Elizabeth I and Ireland (2014). Her current research examines violence against women in early modern Ireland.