Castles in Ireland: Feudal Power in a Gaelic World
The castles of Ireland are an essential part of the study of medieval Europe, but were, until recently, a subject neglected by scholars. A lord's power and prestige were displayed in the majesty and uniqueness of his castle. The remains of several thousand castles enable us to reconstruct life in Ireland during these crucial centuries.
Castles in Ireland tells the story of the nature and development of lordship and power in medieval Ireland. Ireland formed the setting to the interplay of the differing roles of competing lordship: English and Irish; feudal European and Gaelic; royal and baronial. Tom McNeill argues that the design of the castles contest the traditional view of Ireland as a land torn by war and divided culturally between the English and Irish.
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Early castles of stone
Early castles of earth and timber
Castles and the establishing of English lordships in Ireland
The central period of English lordship
Castles in a divergent tradition
Lesser stone castles
Castles of the Irish
The fourteenth century
dates and distribution
structure and use
The later middle ages and the end of castles in Ireland
angle towers Antrim Askeaton Askeaton castle baronial building built Carlingford Carrickfergus Castle Kirke Castle Roche castles in Ireland centres chamber tower Connacht courtyard crannogs curtain wall defence diteh Donegal door Dublin Earl Earldom of Ulster earlier east enclosure castles England English lordships excavation Figure fireplace first-floor level fourteenth century Gaelic Galway gate house gate passage gate tower Greencastle ground floor hall-houses Hugh de Lacy identified Irish Irish lords Jope king land late medieval later latrine Leask Leinster lesser Limerick linked Lough Louth machicolation McNeill Meath middle ages motte and bailey mural towers Nenagh Nenagh castle Newcastle Newcastle West Orpen outer ward period polygonal rectangular rooms Roscommon Roscommon castle round towers royal castles second floor side sixteenth century south-east south-west stair stone castles structure surviving tenants thirteenth century timber Tipperary tower-houses Trim Trim castle turrets vault wall-walk Waterman
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