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IRISH STUDIES 2014 The Transformation of the Irish Church in the Twelfth Century

Saints’ Cults in the Celtic World




First extended study of the ways in which the Irish church changed radically in the twelfth century in response to reform movements from Europe. A worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in medieval Irish history. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW List Price: $45.00/£25.00; April 2013; 9781843838289 Ebook: 9781846159015 312 pp, paper

The South Sea Bubble and Ireland Money, Banking and Investment, 1690-1721 PATRICK WALSH

The bursting of the South Sea bubble in October 1720 and its ripple

effects were felt far beyond the city of London. For the first time, this book examines the impact of the bubble and the resultant economic crisis on the peripheries of the British state. This book examinees in detail not only Irish participation in the bubble but also the fate of several Irish projects in the ‘South Sea year’ and shows how the South Sea Bubble had a lasting impact on the peoples of the eighteenthcentury Atlantic world . List Price: $99.00/£60.00; September 2014; 9781843839309 1 b/w & 2 line illus.; 336 pp, cloth

Literacy and Identity in Early Medieval Ireland ELVA JOHNSTON

Much of our knowledge of early medieval

Ireland comes from a rich literature written in a variety of genres and in two languages, Irish and Latin. Who wrote this literature and what role did they play within society? What did the introduction and expansion of literacy mean in a culture where the vast majority of the population continued to be non-literate? How did literacy operate in and intersect with the oral world? Was literacy a key element in the formation and articulation of communal and elite senses of identity? This book addresses these issues in the first interdisciplinary examination of the Irish literate elite and their social contexts between ca. 400-1000 AD. It considers the role played by HibernoLatin authors, the expansion of vernacular literacy and the key place of monasteries within the literate landscape. Also examined are the crucial intersections between literacy and orality, which underpin the importance played by the literate elite in giving voice to aristocratic and communal identities. List Price: $99.00/£60.00; August 2013; 9781843838555 Ebook: 9781782041344 248 pp, cloth


The way saints’ cults operated across and beyond

political, ethnic and linguistic boundaries in the medieval British Isles and Ireland is the subject of this book. In a series of studies, the contributions highlight the factors that allowed particular cults to prosper in, or that made them relevant to, a variety of cultural contexts. The collection has a particular emphasis on northern Britain, and the role of devotional interests in connecting or shaping a number of polities and cultural identities (Pictish, Scottish, Northumbrian, Irish, Welsh and English) in a world of fluid political and territorial boundaries. Although the bulk of the studies are concerned with the significance of cults in the insular context, many of the articles also touch on the development of pan-European devotions. List Price: $45.00/£25.00; August 2013; 9781843838456 Ebook: 9781846157592 240 pp, paper

The King’s Irishmen

The Irish in the Exiled Court of Charles II, 1649-1660 MARK WILLIAMS

Through a series of innovative and detailed case studies of key

figures, this book provides new insights into the ways in which Royalism was fashioned and re-fashioned, represented, and internalised within the complex mental worlds of the Irish exiles. In doing so, the book offers significant challenges and important re-evaluations of existing ideas of ‘Irishness’ and ‘Royalism’ in the Three Kingdoms, filling a major scholarly gap in the study of the seventeenth century. List Price: $145.00/£85.00; September 2014; 9781843839255 320 pp, cloth

The Welsh and the Shaping of Early Modern Ireland RHYS MORGAN

This book examines the extent, nature and significance of Welsh

involvement in Ireland between 1558 and 1641. It explores how, although the majority of the Welsh in Ireland were soldiers, they did establish themselves as government officials and planters. It also discusses how the Welsh in Ireland, although participating in the ‘English’ colonisation of Ireland, nevertheless remained a distinct community, settling together and maintaining strong kinship and social and economic networks to fellow countrymen, including in Wales. It provides a detailed picture of the Welsh settler communities and their networks, and discusses the nature of Welsh settler identity. Overall, the book makes a significant contribution to the ‘new British history’, demonstrating how the histories of the different countries of Britain and Ireland in the early modern period can only be understood fully when seen from a broader British perspective. List Price: $120.00/£75.00; September 2014; 9781843839248 9 line illus.; 240 pp, cloth

Medieval Irish History

Christ in Celtic Christianity

The Sacred Isle


PAPERBA Britain and Ireland from the Fifth to the CK Tenth Century MICHAEL W. HERREN & SHIRLEY ANNE BROWN

This book gives a new interpretation of the nature of

Christianity in Celtic Britain and Ireland from the fifth to tenth century. The evidence on which the authors base their argument includes images of Christ created in and for this milieu, taken from manuscripts, metalwork and sculpture and reproduced in this study. The authors challenge the received opinion that Celtic Christians were in unity with Rome in all matters except the method of Easter reckoning and the shape of the clerical tonsure. They find that the strain of the Pelagian heresy which rooted itself in Britain in the early fifth century influenced the theology and practice of the Celtic monastic Churches on both sides of the Irish Sea for several hundred years, creating a theological spectrum distinct from continental establishments. List Price: $45.00/£25.00; May 2012; 9781843837138 Ebook: 9781846150418 16 b/w & 5 line illus.; 352 pp, paper

The Conquest of the North Atlantic



The early voyages into the deep waters of the Atlantic

rank among the greatest feats of exploration. In fragile vessels the Irish monks searched for desolate places in the ocean in which to pursue their vocation; their successors, the Vikings created crafts which took them far out into the unknown, until they finally reached Greenland and America. . Marcus looks at the history of these expeditions not only as a historian, but also as a practical sailor. Besides the problem of what these early explorers actually achieved, he poses the even more fascinating question of how they did it, without compass, quadrant, or astrolabe. From the opening descriptions of the launching of a curach on the Aran Islands, through the great pages of the Norse Sagas describing the first recorded sighting of America, the author brilliantly conveys the excitement and danger of the conquest of the North Atlantic in a narrative based equally on scholarly research and sound seamanship. List Price: $24.95/£14.99; July 2007; 9781843833161 19 b/w illus.; 312 pp, paper

Liturgy and Ritual of the Celtic Church F.E. WARREN & JANE STEVENSON

Warren’s book has been the single most useful compendium of

information about the ritual aspects of the Celtic Church, which are of both historical and theological interest, since it was first published in 1881. It includes both a critical account of Celtic liturgy, and a collection of editions of Celtic liturgical texts, Cornish, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish, not all of which has been superseded. This new issue builds on the book’s time-tested value by including an extensive new Introduction and Bibliography, which summarise current thought in liturgiology and Celtic history, and which are written with the needs of both Celticists and liturgists in mind. In combining a reprint of a valuable work on Celtic liturgy with an excellent survey of developments in liturgical studies since Warren’s time, this new edition makes an important contribution to scholarship both liturgical and Celtic. SPECULUM

Belief and Religion in Pre-Christian Ireland DÁITHÍ A HAGÁIN

The myths and legends of prehistoric Ireland have

inspired writers through the ages, down to W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney in our own century, but what do we know of the realities of ancient Irish belief? This book approaches the question by studying archaeological remains such as tumuli, stone henges and circular enclosures and analysing the rich materials that have been handed down both in the great cycles of Irish heroic tales and the humble but significant survivals of modern folklore, for instance the traditions associated with wells and springs. Drawing evidence from these sources, it arrives at a balanced picture of a society and its beliefs. List Price: $45.00/£25.00; May 1999; 9780851157474 272 pp, cloth

Ireland, Wales, and England in the Eleventh Century K.L. MAUND

The eleventh century was a time of political change throughout

the British Isles, and especially so in Wales. Dr Maund examines the relationship of Wales to England and Ireland, and the ways in which Wales was affected by the political activities of these neighbours, setting this in the context of Welsh internal events and policies. She shows the rule of Gruffud ap Llywelyn to have been a turning point for Wales and also for English and Hiberno-Scandinavian politics, and demonstrates that the apparent political chaos was in fact a fascinating network of political activity and growth. A valuable technical addition to 11th-century Celtic studies. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW List Price: $90.00/£50.00; July 1991; 9780851155333 65 line illus.; 248 pp, cloth

A Martyrology of Four Cities Metz, Cologne, Dublin, Lund Edited by PÁDRAIG O RIAIN

The martyrology edited here, for the first time since the nineteenth century, derives from a rich variety of sources and has a fascinating history. While it draws on Danish and Irish manuscripts from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the editor argues that its layers of Metz and Cologne saints were not added either in Ireland, as has been previously thought, or in Denmark, but rather in the Benedictine monasteries at these two medieval German cities. The presence in both manuscripts of a layer of Irish saints indicates that Irish activity on the Continent had a bearing on the early history of the text, and detailed investigations have led to the monasteries in Metz and Cologne as being those in which the text originated about the year 1000 AD. The text is accompanied with full introduction, notes, and indices. List Price: $60.00/£35.00; October 2009; 9781870252768 312 pp, cloth Henry Bradshaw Society

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The Irish Identity of the Kingdom of the Scots in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries DAUVIT BROUN

The close ties between Gaels of Ireland and Scotland are well known,

but in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the elite in the core areas of the kingdom of the Scots apparently turned their backs on Gaelic culture. This book takes a new look at the issue, investigating the extent to which Scottish men of letters of the period identified the Scottish kingdom and its inhabitants with Ireland, and exploring the function of the kingdom’s Irish identity. Dr Broun argues that a perceived historical link with Ireland was a fundamental feature of the kingdom’s identity throughout the period, and discusses the beginnings of a Scottish national identity in the 1290s and early 1300s. His evidence is based on a thorough examination of accounts of Scottish origins, the royal genealogy, and regnal lists, which articulated perceptions of the kingdom’s identity; included are new editions of the origin-legend material in Book I of Fordun’s Chronica Gentis Scottorum; hitherto unknown witnesses of Scottish king-lists; and texts of the royal genealogy. List Price: $90.00/£50.00; June 1999; 9780851153759 240 pp, cloth

Studies in Medieval Celtic History and Law in Honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards Edited by FIONA EDMONDS & PAUL RUSSELL

Thomas Charles-Edwards, the distinguished scholar

of medieval Britain and Ireland, has made important contributions to a number of fields, but is particularly renowned for his studies in Celtic history and law. In this volume, colleagues pay tribute to his work with essays that range across the medieval Celtic world, including medieval Wales, Ireland and Scotland. In the first part of the volume, they cover historical aspects (and, as is fitting, often reflect the honorand’s interest in archaeology and epigraphy); in the second, they focus on medieval Irish and Welsh legal institutions and texts, which are used by some to inform new readings of literary texts. List Price: $99.00/£60.00; July 2011; 9781843836612 Ebook: 9781846159640 24 b/w & 5 line illus.; 264 pp, cloth


Everyone knows of St Patrick, but what


Scarcity of scientific data, a real interest in the

physical world, and the need to validate the scriptures encouraged seventh-century Irish scholars toward critical reflection on scientific matters. Their worldview was based on materials drawn from the Bible, on earlier Christian works and on personal reflection and contemplation. This volume looks at the Irish contribution to the development of western thought in the early middle ages. List Price: $99.00/£60.00; June 1996; 9780851153131 4 line illus.; 352 pp, cloth

Royal Inauguration in Gaelic Ireland c.1100-1600 A Cultural Landscape Study ELIZABETH FITZPATRICK

This investigation considers the places on the Irish


Who was St Patrick?

Understanding the Universe in Seventh-Century Ireland


do we know about him? Simply that it was he who ‘converted the Irish to Christianity’. The strange fact is that for two hundred years or so after his death, although his name was remembered with respect, everything else about him was forgotten. Thompson pieces together the story of his life, drawing his evidence from the only real clues that exist, Patrick’s own writings, not from the later Lives. He reveals him as coming from a well-to-do nominally Christian family in Britain, being captured by Irish raiders and forced into slavery in Co Mayo, converting to a most earnest Christianity, and eventually escaping from Ireland to the fulfillment of his calling. As a bishop, he is shown to have been a man of profound originality, and his writings - his Confession and his Letter to Coroticus - further display his character. It is no surprise that a host of legends became attached to his name, and the biography is completed with a look at some of those early legends. List Price: $34.95/£19.99; November 1999; 9780851157177 Ebook: 9780585210711 2 b/w illus.; 224 pp, paper

landscape where open-air Gaelic royal inauguration assemblies were held in the period c. 1100-1600. Specially designated inauguration sites played an important role in the political life of Gaelic lordships in later medieval Ireland. Gaelic ruling families often appropriated prehistoric ritual landscapes for their royal assemblies in order to attach the pedigree of a royal candidate to an illustrious past; such sites might be an alleged burial place of an eponymous ancestor or a legendary heroic figure, or an ancient landscape associated with renowned events. This study of their physical appearance, place-names, and geographical and historical contexts ranges over all the archaeological sites identified as inauguration places - enclosures, sepulchral mounds, natural places, ringforts and churches, and associated inauguration furniture in the form of leaca and stone thrones, basin stones and sacred trees. Irish royal assembly places and practices are viewed in relation to sites elsewhere in Britain and greater Europe, and the circumstances that brought about the ending of the Gaelic practice of inauguration are also considered. List Price: $90.00/£50.00; December 2004; 9781843830900 57 b/w & 27 line illus.; 320 pp, cloth

The Celts


The Celts were one of the most important


population groups to spread across the ancient European continent. From 800 BC to 1050 AD their story is one of expanding power and influence followed by contraction and near extinction. Drawing on all possible sources of evidence, the author outlines the history of the people known as Celts. He follows the evolution of their culture as it gained strength on its two-thousand-year passage through Europe. The influence of the Celts is far more widespread than its fragmented survival in the outer fringes of western Europe indicates; this once important culture is still a vital component of European civilisation and heritage, from east to west. In tracing the course of the history of the Celts, this book shows how far-reaching their influence has been. List Price: $34.95/£19.99; May 2007; 9780851159232 18 b/w & 6 line illus.; 248 pp, paper

Medieval Irish History

Dictionary of Celtic Religion and Culture BERNHARD MEIER

Early Modern & Modern Irish History ESSENTIA L REFEREN CE

The definitive reference work on this topic.

[The author takes] the Celtic world to include both the European continent and the more recent settlements in the British Isles. The entries, admirably broad in scope, conceive religion and culture as including not only the usual gods and myths but shamanic practices and totems. Maier also provides entries for important scholars of Celtic culture. CHOICE List Price: $45.00/£25.00; May 2000; 9780851156606 1 line illus.; 352 pp, paper

The Céli Dé (‘clients of God’), sometimes referred to

as the Culdees, comprise the group of monks who first appeared in Ireland in the eighth century in association with St Máel Ruain of Tallaght. Although influential and important in the development of the monastic tradition in Ireland, they have been neglected in general histories. This book offers an investigation into the movement. Proceeding from an examination of ascetic practice and theory in early medieval Ireland, followed by a fresh look at the evidence most often cited in support of the prevailing theory of céli Dé identity, the author challenges the orthodox opinion that they were an order or movement intent upon monastic reform at a time of declining religious discipline. At the heart of the book is a manuscriptcentred critical evaluation of the large corpus of putative céli Dé texts, offered as a means for establishing a more comprehensive assessment of who and what céli Dé were. Follett argues that they are properly understood as the self-identified members of the personal retinue of God, in whose service they distinguished themselves from other monks and monastic communities in their personal devotion, pastoral care, Sunday observance, and other matters. A catalogue of texts with manuscript references is provided in an appendix. List Price: $90.00/£50.00; November 2006; 9781843832768 Ebook: 9781846154539 3 line illus.; 272 pp, cloth


The Norman invasion of Ireland (1169) did not

result in a complete conquest, and those native Irish chieftains who retained independent control of their territories achieved a recovery of power in the later middle ages. Katharine Simms studies the experience of the resurgent chieftains, who were undergoing significant developments during this period. The most obvious signs of change were the gradual disappearance of the title ri (king), and the ubiquitous presence of mercenary soldiers. On a deeper level, the institution of kingship itself had died, as is shown by this study of the election and inauguration of Irish kings, their counsellors, officials, vassals, army, and sources of revenue, as they evolved between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries. Sources such as the Irish chronicles, bardic poetry, genealogies, brehon charters and rentals, family-tract and sagas are all used, in addition to the more familiar evidence of the Anglo-Norman administration, the Church, and Tudor state papers. List Price: $29.95/£17.99; July 2000; 9780851157849 208 pp, paper

The conflict on the Irish seaboard between the

years 1641 and 1653 was not some peripheral theatre in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. It was instead the epicentre of naval conflict with important consequences for the nature and outcome of the land conflicts in Ireland and elsewhere. The book provides a clear and comprehensive narrative account of the war at sea, accompanied by careful contextualisation and a full analysis of its Irish, British and European dimensions. Royal Historical Society

Monastic Writing and Identity in the Early Middle Ages WESTLEY FOLLETT

The Changing Political Structure of Gaelic Ireland in the Later Middle Ages KATHARINE SIMMS


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Céli Dé in Ireland

From Kings to Warlords

Ireland and the War at Sea, 16411653

Franco-Irish Relations, 1500-1610 Politics, Migration and Trade MARY ANN LYONS

An examination of the various dimensions -

political, social and economic - to the evolution of Franco-Irish relations in the early modern period. . This book is so well structured, contextualised, accessible and readable that it will be difficult to replace in the foreseeable future as an account of Franco-Irish relations in the sixteenth century. IRISH STUDIES REVIEW List Price: $90.00/£50.00; November 2003; 9780861932665 2 b/w & 1 line illus.; 256 pp, cloth Royal Historical Society

Loyalism and the Formation of the British World, 1775-1914 Edited by ALLAN BLACKSTOCK & FRANK O’GORMAN

Loyalism in Britain and Ireland, which was once seen as a crude

reaction against radicalism or nationalism, stimulated by the elite and blindly followed by plebeians, has recently been shown by historians to have been, on the contrary, a politically multi-faceted, socially enabling phenomenon which did much to shape identity in the British Isles. This book takes further this revised picture by considering loyalism in the wider British World. It considers the overall nature of loyalism, exploring its development in England, Ireland and Scotland, and goes on to examine its manifestation in a range of British colonies and former colonies, including the United States, Canada, India, Australia and New Zealand. It shows that whilst eighteenth-century Anglo-centric loyalism had a core of common ideological assumptions, associational structures and ritual behaviour, loyalism manifested itself differently in different territories. This divergence is explored through a discussion of the role of loyal associations and military institutions, loyalism’s cultural and ritual dimensions and its key role in the formation of political identities. Chronologically, the book covers a pivotal period, comprehending the American and French Revolutions, the 1798 Irish rebellion and Irish Union, the Canadian rebellions of 1837, and Fenianism and Home Rule campaigns throughout the British World. List Price: $120.00/£75.00; May 2014; 9781843839125 Ebook: 9781782042785 1 line illus.; 336 pp, cloth

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Constructing the Past

Writing Irish History, 1600-1800 MARK WILLIAMS & STEPHEN PAUL FORREST

Ireland and the Irish, it is often argued, have been

mired for centuries in mindsets which employ the past in order to trace and justify the enmities of the present. However, as this book seeks to underscore, the truth of such interactions with the Irish past is far more complex. Spanning two hundred years of history, this book finds a relationship with the past which is as adaptive as it is rigid, as iconoclastic as it is reactionary. It incorporates a wide range of perspectives on how history in Ireland has been written and perceived from the early-modern period onward. Drawing upon key moments as well as forgotten incidents, each article discusses the ways in which the presentation of the past in Ireland has been forged by the circumstances of its writers and context of those memories. Drawing upon contributions by historians of Ireland, Britain and Europe, Constructing the Past seeks to illuminate how the Irish past has been constructed, torn down and again rebuilt by the Irish and historians of Ireland alike. List Price: $99.00/£60.00; November 2011; 9781843835738 216 pp, cloth

The Anglo-Irish Experience, 16801730 Religion, Identity and Patriotism D. W. HAYTON

Tyrone’s Rebellion

The Outbreak of the Nine Years War in Tudor Ireland HIRAM MORGAN


Between 1594-1603 Elizabeth I faced her most

dangerous challenge - the insurrection in Ireland known to British historians as the rebellion of the earl of Tyrone, and to their Irish counterparts in the Nine Years War. This study examines the causes of the conflict in the developing policy of the Crown, which climaxed in the Monaghan settlement of 1591, and the continuing resilience of the Gaelic system which brought to power Hugh Roe O’Donnell and Hugh O’Neill. The role of O’Neill, the earl of Tyrone, was pivotal in the conspiracies leading up to the war and in the leadership of the Irish cause thereafter. O’Neill’s acceptance of an alliance with Spain rather than a fragile compromise with England is the terminal point of the study. By exploiting all available source material, Morgan has provided a critical reassessment of the early career of Hugh O’Neill and made an original and lasting contribution to Irish and Tudor historiography. List Price: $34.95/£19.99; May 1999; 9780851156835 Ebook: 9781846157462 5 line illus.; 264 pp, paper

Conquest and Land in Ireland The Transplantation to Connacht, 1649-1680 JOHN CUNNINGHAM

Mid-seventeenth century Ireland experienced a

Ireland established in power a ruling class of Protestant landowners whose culture and connexions were traditionally English, but whose interests and political loyalties were increasingly Irish. At first unsure of their self-image and ambivalent in their loyalties, they gradually became more confident and developed a distinctive notion of ‘Irishness’. The Anglo-Irish Experience explores the religious, intellectual and political culture of this new elite during a period of change and adjustment. D.W. Hayton traces both the shifting sense of national identity characteristic of the period and the changing stereotype of the Irish in English popular literature - which did much to push the ‘Anglo-Irish’ to embrace their Irish heritage. He also argues for the emergence of a pragmatic, constructive form of political ‘patriotism’, linked closely to the prevailing ideology of economic ‘improvement’ and underpinned by the influence of evangelical Protestantism.

revolution in landholding. Coming in the aftermath of the Cromwellian conquest, this seismic shift in the distribution of land and power from Irish Catholic to English Protestant hands would play a major role in shaping history. One of the most notorious elements of the land settlement was the scheme of the transplantation to Connacht, which aimed to expel the Catholic population from three of the country’s four provinces and replace them with a wave of Protestant settlers The transplantation is one of the best-known but conversely least understood episodes in Irish history. Yet it has been relatively neglected by recent historians, a gap in the scholarship which this book remedies. It situates the origins of the transplantation in the heat of conquest, reconstructs its implementation in the turbulent 1650s and explores its far-reaching outcomes. It thus enables the significance of the transplantation, and its relevance to wider themes such as colonialism, state formation and ethnic cleansing, to be better understood.

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The wars and revolutions of seventeenth-century

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Ruling Ireland, 1685-1742

The Making of the Irish Protestant Ascendancy

In a series of studies, Hayton offers a comprehensive

Outlines how William Conolly rose from a Catholic,

Politics, Politicians and Parties D. W. HAYTON

account of the government of Ireland during the period of transformation from “New English” colonialism to Anglo-Irish “patriotism”, providing a chronological survey of the development of English policy towards Ireland and an account of the changing political structure of Ireland; particular attention is paid to the emergence of an English-style party system under Queen Anne. The Anglo-Irish dimension is also explored, through crises of high politics, and an examination of the role played by Irish issues at Westminster. List Price: $99.00/£60.00; July 2004; 9781843830580 Ebook: 9781846151484 1 b/w illus.; 320 pp, cloth

The Life of William Conolly, 1662-1729 PATRICK WALSH

relatively humble background, how he acquired very significant wealth, held many key political positions and patronised the architects who fashioned Georgian Dublin and Irish country houses. His life illustrates how the protestant ascendancy was consolidated, but also shows that the ascendancy was not a closed elite, and that it contained a strong strand of Irish patriotism, being much more than the instrument of British rule in Ireland. Convincingly places Connolly’s social and economic activities in the context of the political world he all but dominated. IRISH ECONOMIC & SOCIAL HISTORY List Price: $115.00/£65.00; November 2010; 9781843835844 Ebook: 9781846159046 8 b/w illus.; 240 pp, cloth

Early Modern & Modern Irish History

The Fenian Ideal and Irish Nationalism, 1882-1916 M.J. KELLY


This book analyses Fenian influences on Irish

nationalism between the Phoenix Park murders of 1882 and the Easter Rising of 1916. It challenges the convention that Irish separatist politics before the First World War were marginal and irrelevant, showing instead that clear boundaries between home rule and separatist nationalism did not exist. Kelly examines how leading home rule MPs argued that Parnellism was Fenianism by other means, and how Fenian politics were influenced by Irish cultural nationalism, which reinforced separatist orthodoxies, serving to clarify the ideological distance between Fenians and home rulers. It discusses how early Sinn Fein gave voice to these new orthodoxies, and concludes by examining the ideological complexities of the Irish Volunteers, and exploring Irish politics between 1914 and 1916. List Price: $34.95/£19.99; March 2009; 9781843834458 Ebook: 9781846154652 296 pp, paper

The Irish Rebellion of 1641 and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms EAMON DARCY

The aim of this book is to investigate how the 1641

rebellion broke out and whether there was a meaning in the violence which ensued. It also seeks to understand how the English administration in Ireland portrayed these events to the wider world, and to examine whether and how far their claims were justified. It considers in particular the context of the Atlantic world, and asks whether the colonists drew upon similar cultural frameworks to describe atrocities in the Americas; how this shaped the portrayal of the 1641 rebellion in contemporary pamphlets; and the effect that this had on the wider Wars of the Three Kingdoms between England, Ireland and Scotland. List Price: $90.00/£50.00; February 2013; 9780861933204 Ebook: 9781782040705 1 b/w illus.; 232 pp, cloth Royal Historical Society

England and the 1641 Irish Rebellion JOSEPH COPE

The 1641 Irish Rebellion has long been recognized as

a key event in the collapse of the Stuart monarchy. By 1641, many in England had grown restive under the weight of intertwined religious, political and economic crises. To these audiences, the Irish rising seemed a realization of England’s worst fears: a war of religious extermination supported by European papists, whose ambitions extended across the Irish Sea. This book explores the consequences of this emergency by focusing on survivors of the rising in local, national and regional contexts. In Ireland, the experiences of survivors reflected the complexities of life in multiethnic and religiously-diverse communities. In England, by contrast, pamphleteers, ministers, and members of parliament simplified the issues, presenting the survivors as victims of an international conspiracy and asserting English subjects’ obligations to their countrymen. These obligations led to the creation of relief projects for despoiled Protestant settlers, but quickly expanded into sweeping calls for action against recusants and suspected popish agents in England. England and the 1641 Irish Rebellion contends that the mobilization of this local activism played an integral role in politicizing the English and escalating the political crisis of the 1640s. List Price: $90.00/£50.00; September 2009; 9781843834687 Ebook: 9781846157189 208 pp, cloth

Lord Broghill and the Cromwellian Union with Ireland and Scotland PATRICK LITTLE

Broghill’s years of political influence included a

distinctive initiative in Ireland in the early 1650s calling for limits on army power, religious radicalism, and urging closer ties with England; domestic reforms and keen promotion of the Cromwellian regime in Scotland, of which he was president during 1655-6; and in 1656-7 the introduction of the Humble Petition and Advice, which sought to re-establish a civilian state, with Oliver Cromwell as king. Cromwell’s refusal of the crown marked the beginning of the end of Broghill’s political aspirations, and here these years of influence are seen in the context of the rest of his life, especially his early years as understudy of his father, the 1st earl of Cork, and his later life, as earl of Orrery. A thematic section deals with Broghill’s private motives: the importance of his extended family, his financial situation, and, above all, his deep religious beliefs. List Price: $99.00/£60.00; December 2004; 9781843830993 1 b/w &2 line illus.; 288 pp, cloth

Medical Charities, Medical Politics

The Irish Dispensary System and the Poor Law, 18361872 RONALD D. CASSELL

In mid-nineteenth-century Ireland there existed a

system of medical relief for the poor, via a countrywide system of dispensaries, superior to any public health system in England and arguably in Europe. This book examines the dispensary system and Irish health policy and administration in general, focusing upon the Medical Charities Act of 1851, which placed medical relief under the control of the Irish Poor Law Commission. The Commission’s origin, motivation and effect (for example on epidemic control, cholera and famine) are analysed in detail, together with the pre-famine medical charities it replaced and the reorganised poor law system, taking the story through to 1872. The argument is set firmly in the context of the pattern of government growth, of British medical politics as a whole, and of British policy in Ireland; it also shows how the Irish experience influenced developing British policies on health provision. Chosen as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title List Price: $90.00/£50.00; September 1997; 9780861932283 Ebook: 9780585201689 192 pp, cloth Royal Historical Society

The Militia in EighteenthCentury Ireland In Defence of the Protestant Interest NEIL GARNHAM

Shows how the development of the militia in

eighteenth century Ireland was closely bound with politics and the changing nature of the Protestant Ascendancy. It also covers military developments, emphasising the importance of the militia for the defence of Ireland, the nature of the militia as an institution, and the social background of its members, and compares the militia in Ireland to similar bodies in Britain and elsewhere. List Price: $115.00/£65.00; June 2012; 9781843837244 Ebook: 9781846159602 208 pp, cloth

Early Modern & Modern Irish History

British Spies and Irish Rebels

British Intelligence and Ireland, 1916-1945 PAUL MCMAHON


The turbulent history of English/Irish intelligence

reinterpreted, using documents now available for the first time. Chosen as an Irish Times Book of the Year List Price: $34.95/£19.99; April 2011; 9781843836568 Ebook: 9781846156144 37 b/w & 1 line illus.; 540 pp, paper

Early Modern & Modern Irish History

Irish Migrants in New Zealand, 1840-1937 ‘The Desired Haven’ ANGELA MCCARTHY

An innovative and original contribution to the history of European migration between the mid-nineteenth century and the interwar years.

A valuable study. The book’s impressive coverage will ensure that it is read with interest by historians of the Irish diaspora. HISTORY List Price: $99.00/£60.00; August 2005; 9781843831433 Ebook: 9781846154041 16 b/w illus.; 328 pp, cloth

Loyalism in Ireland, 1789-1829



Irish loyalism is often neglected in the historical

literature or misrepresented as an ideologically rigid and narrowly sectarian foil to emerging nationalism. Yet, in the French Revolutionary wars, loyalism was a recognisable counter-revolutionary ideology with recent parallels in Britain, Europe and America. This book examines the Irish variant in a comparative context and analyses its military, political, cultural and religious dimensions to reveal distinctive strands. A ‘liberal’ version was receptive to Catholics as loyalists and open to constitutional reform, while an exclusively Protestant version monopolised public expressions of loyalty to politically undermine the campaign for Catholic emancipation. Cultural manifestations of loyalism, including ballads, sermons and Orange parading rituals, are analysed to address questions of popular spontaneity or elite manipulation and changes in Protestant identity. The study reveals that exclusive loyalism needed a physical threat, so the 1828-9 Brunswick Clubs combined militant 1798-style rhetoric with innovative mass petitioning. They failed to prevent emancipation but left a template for Irish Conservatism. List Price: $99.00/£60.00; July 2007; 9781843833024 Ebook: 9781846155666 312 pp, cloth

The Presbyterians of Ulster, 1680-1730 ROBERT WHAN

The Presbyterian community in Ulster was created

by waves of immigration, massively reinforced in the 1690s as Scots fled successive poor harvests and famine, and by 1700 Presbyterians formed the largest Protestant community in the north of Ireland. This book is a comprehensive survey and analysis of the Presbyterian community in this important formative period. It shows how the Presbyterians formed a highly organised, self-confident community which exercised a rigorous discipline over its members and had a well-developed intellectual life. It considers the various social groups within the community, demonstrating how the always small aristocratic and gentry component dwindled and was virtually extinct by the 1730s, the Presbyterians deriving their strength from the middling sorts - clergy, doctors, lawyers, merchants, traders and, in particular, successful farmers and those active in the rapidly growing linen trades - and among the laborious poor. It discusses how Presbyterians were part of the economically dynamic element of Irish society; how they took the lead in the emigration movement to the American colonies; and how they maintained links with Scotland and related to other communities, in Ireland and elsewhere. Later in the eighteenth century, the Presbyterian community went on to form the backbone of the Republican, separatist movement. List Price: $115.00/£65.00; November 2013; 9781843838722 Ebook: 9781782041894 13 b/w & 5 line illus.; 272 pp, cloth

Companion Guide to Ireland BRENDAN LEHANE

Like going on a tour with a friend who combines a

historian’s meticulous scholarship with an ability to tell a gossipy anecdote with wit and point. CATHOLIC HERALD List Price: $29.95/£16.99; July 2001; 9781900639347 1 line illus.; 344 pp, cloth Companion Guides

Art History

Spanish Art in Britain and Ireland Studies in Reception in Memory of Enriqueta Harris Edited by NIGEL GLENDINNING & HILARY MACARTNEY

Contributions by leading scholars chart the growth

in understanding and appreciation of the Spanish School, and its punctuation by aesthetic controversy, persistent distrust of religious images in Protestant Britain, and the successive ‘discoveries’ of individual artists - Murillo, Velázquez, Ribera, Zurbarán, El Greco and Goya. List Price: $90.00/£50.00; February 2011; 9781855662230 17 color, 54 b/w, & 2 line illus.; 344 pp, cloth


Crossing Paths or Sharing Tracks? Future directions in the archaeological study of post1550 Britain and Ireland Edited by AUDREY HORNING & MARILYN PALMER

The study of Post Medieval archaeology has

expanded to become one of the key areas within the archaeological discipline. Such rapid growth carries with it the real threat of fragmentation. This volume, bringing together the views of over thirty leading scholars, aims to examine the commonalities between current approaches and foster enhanced understanding and cooperation between many of the leading archaeological organisations. List Price: $90.00/£50.00; April 2009; 9781843834342 Ebook: 9781846157103 80 b/w illus.; 444 pp, cloth

Irish Literature

Writing Home

Heroic Saga and Classical Epic in Medieval Ireland

Poetry and Place in Northern Ireland, 1968-2008 ELMER KENNEDY-ANDREWS

The idea of place, and of being displaced, is a powerful

leit-motif in Northern Irish poetry. It is here explored in depth, from the 1960s to the present day. The synthesis of textual and contextual knowledge, close reading, sharply observed interstitial dialogue, and moderate recourse to theoretical abstractions make this accessible, wellwritten, deeply researched volume a valuable resource. CHOICE List Price: $90.00/£50.00; August 2008; 9781843841753 Ebook: 9781846156823 320 pp, cloth


The puzzle of Ireland’s role in the preservation of classical

learning into the middle ages has always excited scholars, but the evidence from the island’s vernacular literature for the study of pagan epic has largely escaped notice. In this book the author breaks new ground by examining the Irish texts alongside the Latin evidence for the study of classical epic in medieval Ireland, surveying the corpus of Irish texts based on histories and poetry from antiquity. He argues that Irish scholars’ study of Virgil and Statius in particular left a profound imprint on the native heroic literature.

List Price: $99.00/£60.00; April 2011; 9781843842644 Ebook: 9781846158421 288 pp, cloth

Celtic Curses

The Lore of Ireland


An Encyclopaedia of Myth, Legend and Romance DÁITHÍ A HAGÁIN

The first comprehensive study of early Celtic cursing

analyses both medieval and ancient expressions of Celtic imprecation: from the binding tablets of ancient Britain and Gaul to the saintly maledictions of the early medieval period, and other traces of Celtic stipulation and binding only speculated on in earlier scholarship. It provides the first full overview and analyses of the ancient Celtic use of binding curses and examines their mooted influence in later medieval expressions. Ancient finds are subjected to rigorous new interpretations, and medieval reflections of the earlier tradition are also considered. List Price: $99.00/£60.00; June 2009; 9781843834571 Ebook: 9781846157004 10 line illus.; 240 pp, cloth

Seamus Heaney and Medieval Poetry CONOR MCCARTHY

Ireland has one of the finest cultural heritages and a

standard reference book combining the related subjects of folklore, myth, legend and romance is long overdue. There are 350 substantial entries all with full references to sources, a synopsis of relevant stories, and discussion of their origin, nature and development. These are complimented by a genre-list of material under various headings. There is also a wealth of genealogical detail, indicating how historical and social circumstances have influenced the growth and spread of Irish lore. List Price: $45.00/£25.00; May 2006; 9781843832157 552 pp, cloth


The Present and the Past in Medieval Irish Chronicles

First examination of the use made by Seamus Heaney


A new analysis of a vital source for the history of

of medieval poetry in his translations and adaptations, including the acclaimed Beowulf.

Ireland and Scotland in the middle ages.

An excellent resource for students not just of Heaney’s poetry, but also of medievalism more generally. A remarkable survey of Heaney’s work and its debt to medieval poetry. [...]McCarthy has presented a compelling analysis of Heaney’s use of medieval poetry that should be of great interest to the growing body of scholars interested in medievalism. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

Deserves the gratitude of all those scholars who believe in the hypothesis of a “Chronicle of Ireland” for bringing so much energy and industry to its defence and development. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

List Price: $34.95/£19.99; November 2009; 9781843842064 Ebook: 9781846156052 208 pp, paper

List Price: $99.00/£60.00; June 2010; 9781843835493 Ebook: 9781846158131 2 line illus.; 312 pp, cloth

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