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Description - Castles in Ireland by T. E. McNeill

The castles of Ireland are an essential part of the story of medieval Europe, but were, until recently, a subject neglected by scholars. The remains of several thousand castles shed a clear light on the experiences of Ireland during these crucial centuries. As objects meant to display their lord's power and prestige, castles had to be impressive, and uniformity denied that. Dr McNeill weaves the evidence from the castles into the story of the nature and development of lordship and power in medieval Ireland. The physical remains of the castles reflect the different roles of the competing lordships: English and Irish; Feudal and Gaelic; royal and baronial. He argues that the design of the castles contests the traditional view of Ireland as a land torn by war and divided culturally between the English and Irish.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415165372
ISBN-10: 0415165377
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 178mm x mm)
Pages: 276
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Jul-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - T. E. McNeill

Dr Thomas McNeill took his doctorate in archaeology at Queen's University, Belfast, where he is currently Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology. He is the author of The English Heritage Book of Castles and The Archaeology of Ulster (with J. P. Mallory).