The Geraldines and medieval Ireland

The making of a myth

Peter Crooks & Seán Duffy, editors

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-627-6
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ISBN: 978-1-84682-571-2

March 2017. 446pp; ills.

‘This book exposes many of the myths created by the family itself or by those who sought to use it and its history to further their own ends. Through meticulous scholarship, long-standing assumptions, such as the family’s total assimilation into the Gaelic milieu, becoming “more Irish than the Irish themselves”, hell-bent on rebelling against the English Crown, are seriously challenged by expert authors drawn from both sides of the Irish Sea … This is an excellent book and a fine addition to the bookshelves of anyone interested in medieval Ireland’, Randolph Jones, The Ricardian (2017).

'This book will undoubtedly prove invaluable to this and future generations of researchers as a useful reference for the cadet branches of the Geraldines as well as the Kildare and Desmond families ... The collection as a whole provides a wealth of information about the Geraldines and their worlds, from their establishment in Ireland to later political intrigues, the lives and libraries of the later earls of Kildare, and their relations with the Irish, and finishes with a consideration of their legacy in the nineteenth century ... The Geraldines and medieval Ireland is a stunning contribution to the history of the Geraldines that combines rigorous scholarship with refreshing insights that add further nuance to our understanding of broader historical and historiographical debates', Eamon Darcy, History Ireland (July–August 2017).

'Beginning with a fascinating paper by Seán Duffy on the role of Gerald of Windsor and his immediate family as royal dapifers and castle custodians … the reader is then taken through evidence for the family from the twelfth century (three papers), the thirteenth (two), fourteenth (one), fifteenth (two) and sixteenth (three) … this book … should stimulate further engagement with the field', Catherine Swift, Journal of Irish Archaeology (2017).

'This superb collections of essays [is] an accessible, yet scholarly, volume, showcasing new research on many aspects of the first six centuries of the family in Ireland ... [A] rich and coherent survey of one of the most important dynasties of the medieval and early modern British Isles', Paul Dryburgh, The Parliamentary History Yearbook Trust (2018).