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Medieval Ireland [electronic resource] : an encyclopedia /
Seán Duffy, editor ; associate editors, Ailbhe MacShamhráin, James Moynes.
imprint
New York : Routledge, 2005.
description
xxxi, 546 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0415940524 (hb : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Routledge, 2005.
isbn
0415940524 (hb : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8311646
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-05-01:
The tenth volume in a series of encyclopedias on the Middle Ages, this book maintains the high standards seen in earlier volumes. This is one of the smaller books in this series (347 essays written by just over 100 scholars), but all significant topics receive some coverage, giving nonspecialists a good overview of medieval Irish history and civilization. Biographies of individuals and families are prominent, taking up more than a third of all entries. Entries on general subjects (e.g., architecture) are not very extensive, but one can find additional information on related topics (e.g., bridges, houses, castles). Articles, each with a bibliography, range in length between 250 and 2,500 words. Although entries are arranged alphabetically, a useful thematic entry list is in the front matter. The book has only two large maps, one at the start, the other buried in the middle. 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. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Academic collections. P. M. Konieczny University of Toronto
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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.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Presenting the culture and society of Ireland between the 6th and 16th centuries, this text represents a comprehensive overview of the country during this period.
Main Description
Medieval Ireland: An Encyclopediabrings 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 AZ 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 Irelandpaints a lively and colorful portrait of the time. For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the RoutledgeEncyclopedias of the Middle Ageswebsite.
Main Description
Through violent incursions by the Vikings and the spread of Christianity, medieval Ireland maintained a distinctive Gaelic identity. From the sacred site of Tara to the manuscript illuminations in the Book of Kells, Anglo-Irish relations to the Connachta dynasty, Ireland during the middle ages was a rich and vivid culture. 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. Written by the world's leading scholars on the subject, this highly accessible reference work will enable students, researchers, and general readers alike to explore topics such as * The development of the city of Dublin from the early Irish settlement of Ath Cliath(ford of hurdle-work) in the sixth century C.E. to a thriving medieval city * The history of kings and kingships in medieval Ireland including political structure, royal dynasties, and historical roots * Different literary genres including historical tales, satire, aideda, and Irish poetry as well as the outside influence on medieval Irish literature by the Carolingian dynasty, the Anglo-Saxons, the Scottish, and others * The literary, political, and religious people from the Irish middle ages such as Marianus Scottus, Strongbow, Brian Boru, St. Brigit, and Richard FitzRalph * The culture and society of the era including music, games, craftwork, role of women, fraternities, and bardic schools With over 345 essays ranging from 250 to 2,500 words, Medieval Ireland paints a lively and colorful portrait of the time.
Unpaid Annotation
Medieval Ireland presents the culture and society of Ireland from the sixth to the sixteenth century. Most scholarly works on Irish history cover either the pre- or post- Anglo-Norman invasion of 1169. This unique resource spans both periods with a single volume. Coverage of multiple fields of study answers the increasing interdisciplinarity of Irish medieval studies. An exhaustive portrait of a lively and provocative period, the Encyclopedia was written by approximately 200 scholars and experts, and offers a comprehensive approach that will help students draw connections between disciplines and topics.
Table of Contents
Selected entries include: Abbeys
Bardic Schools
Deserted Villages
Diet and Food
D7ns
Entertainment
Famine and Hunger
Feudalism
Forests
Games
Historical Tales
Jews in Ireland
Kells, Book of
Knights and Knighthood
Law Schools
Marriage
National Identity
Naval Warfare
Personal Names
Queens
Racial and Cultural Conflict
Sciences
Sculpture
Slaves
Tribes
Viking Incursions
Weapons and Weaponry
Women
And many more
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