Government, war and society in medieval Ireland

Essays by Edmund Curtis, A.J. Otway-Ruthven and James Lydon

Peter Crooks, editor

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-105-9
November 2008. 408pp

In the late twelfth century, Ireland was absorbed into the dominions of the kings of England. This seminal development transformed the social and political life of the island, with implications that resonate to the present day.

How are we to interpret this formative period of Irish history? In the course of the twentieth century, three successive occupants of the Lecky chair of history in Trinity College, Dublin, sought to provide answers. Modern scholarship remains deeply indebted to the pioneering work of Edmund Curtis, A.J. Otway-Ruthven and James Lydon. This volume brings together twenty-one of their most influential essays on the social, institutional and political character of the English colony in medieval Ireland. The editor's introduction explores the careers of ‘The Lecky Professors’ and assesses their intellectual legacy.
This is an indispensable collection of essays for all those interested in the history of Ireland and Britain in the Middle Ages.

Peter Crooks is Lecturer in Medieval History at Trinity College Dublin. His primary research interest is in Ireland in the period 1171–1541 and, arising from that, in the wider 'English world' or 'Plantagenet empire' of which Ireland formed an important part. He is principal editor of 'CIRCLE' (, a reconstruction of the Irish chancery rolls destroyed in the 1922 fire at the Public Record Office, Dublin. He is co-editor of The Geraldines and medieval Ireland: the making of a myth (2016). His articles have appeared in Past and Present and English Historical Review.