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Medieval Ireland

An Encyclopedia

Edited by Seán Duffy

© 2005 – Routledge

580 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Medieval Ireland: An Encyclopedia brings together in one authoritative resource the multiple facets of life in Ireland before and after the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1169, from the sixth to sixteenth century. Multidisciplinary in coverage, this A–Z reference work provides information on historical events, economics, politics, the arts, religion, intellectual history, and many other aspects of the period.

With over 345 essays ranging from 250 to 2,500 words, Medieval Ireland paints a lively and colorful portrait of the time.

For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages website.


"The tenth volume in a series of encyclopedias on the Middle Ages, this book maintains the high standards seen in earlier volumes… Libraries that own the previous volumes in this series will not be disappointed by this one… It will have great value to students or scholars who want to research medieval Ireland… Recommended." -- Choice

"Duffy and his contributors offer hundreds of entries about Irish society, history, government, economics, religion, and the arts, giving complete contexts by covering the sixth to the sixteenth centuries. Contributors describe what people ate and wore, whom they fought and whom they married, how they worshipped and how they worked the land. They also settle the common misperception that the Irish spoke, and speak something called "Gaelic," how much or how little those burly Scandinavians actually did, and what "bastard feudalism" meant in Ireland. Each entry included references, and the editor has supplied a very usable system of cross-references and a comprehensive index." -- Reference & Research Book News

"This volume more than matched the high standard of scholarship set by the [Routledge Encyclopedias of the Middle Ages] series… Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries." -- Lawrence Looks at Books, Gale Reference Reviews

"Medieval Ireland: An Encyclopedia is a great addition to Irish studies. According to FirstSearch this is the only encyclopedia of its kind, which makes it a must for libraries that have Irish studies collections." -- American Reference Books Annual

About the Editor

Dr. Sean Duffy, heads the Department of Medieval History at Trinity College, Dublin. A historian, he is also the Chairman of the Friends of Medieval Dublin and a member of the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences. Dr. Duffy has authored several acclaimed books and contributed to many journals. His books have been praised for their clarity and thoroughness.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General