Richard II and the Irish kings

Darren McGettigan

Catalogue Price: €19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84682-602-3
Catalogue Price: €17.95
ISBN: 978-1-84682-684-9

August 2016. 232pp; 16pp colour ills.

‘This book is the story of these remarkable encounters between a late medieval English monarch and his reluctant Gaelic Irish vassals at the close of the fourteenth century. The author has included genealogical tables to assist the reader, especially those unfamiliar with Gaelic names and the interrelationships of the various clans/septs. Dr. McGettigan has also provided and excellent and extensive bibliography. This book is highly recommended for those with an interest in the development of Gaelic surnames and the history of the Irish Gaelic families’, Michael Merrigan, Ireland's Genealogical Gazette (January 2017).

‘It is written in good, clear, English and uses quotations form contemporary sources to excellent effect … The intelligent use made of bardic poetry also ads to our understanding of the motives of the Irish kings with whom Richard II dealt. McGettigan’s conclusions are well argued and reasonable … Not only historians of medieval Ireland, but also of the wider English world, will benefit from reading this book’, Brendan Smith, Parliamentary History Yearbook (2017).

‘This book provides an instructive and engaging overview of later medieval Irish politics and political geography during a remarkable period in the country’s history. It is nicely illustrated with some fine colour prints and a number of maps  and family trees’, David Green, Royal Studies Journal (2017).