Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Government War, and Society in Medieval Ireland: Essays by Edmund Curtis, A.J. Otway-Ruthven and James Lydon

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Government War, and Society in Medieval Ireland: Essays by Edmund Curtis, A.J. Otway-Ruthven and James Lydon

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Government War, and Society in Medieval Ireland: Essays by Edmund Curtis, A.J. Otway-Ruthven and James Lydon, ed. Peter Crooks (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008). 408 pp.; 17 illustrations. ISBN 978- i- 84682- 105- 9. £40.00. This collection of essays brings together the work of three distinguished Irish scholars, successive occupants of the Lecky Chair of History in Trinity College, Dublin, on the formative period during which Ireland was absorbed into the dominions of the English kings. An interesting introduction by the editor surveys the careers and intellectual legacy of the Lecky professors. The volume ranges over different aspects of their writing on the English colony in medieval Ireland: social, institutional, and political. Six essays treat government: the English Crown, the chief governors of medieval Ireland, William of Windsor and the Irish parliament, the Irish chancery, Anglo-Irish shire government, and native Irish and English law. …

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