Irish communities in early modern Europe


Thomas O'Connor & Mary Ann Lyons, editors

Hardback €58.50
Catalogue Price: €65.00
ISBN: 1-85182-993-8
January 2006. 400pp.

'This is a big book, scholarly but accessible to the lay reader. A perfect read for anyone interested in the reality of our past and an ideal book to dip into before a winter fire,' J. Ardle McArdle, Books Ireland.

'A most timely collection of essays … [H]ighly informative and thought provoking', Mícheál MacCraith, Historical Journal.

‘Scholars of early-modern Europe should be thankful for the painstaking archival research which provides the backbone for the twenty two essays that constitute this publication, and which allows many hitherto obscure figures in the history of Ireland to emerge from the shadows. Besides the vast chronological and geographical scope of the book, as suggested by these individuals as well as by figures such as Nathaniel Hooke or by those soldiers who switched between French and Spanish service, another outstanding feature is its thematic range … [T]he level of the scholarship sets a standard to which current and future scholars of early-modern migration and emigration will aspire’, David Worthington, English Historical Review (April 2008).

‘Major themes running throughout this collection of twenty-two chapters focus upon survival, adaptability and integration … this is a rich and varied collection, with all chapters having thoroughly mined Continental archives. The collection broadens the study of early modern Irish migration, and, crucially, reflects a much more positive and successful experience than has previously been appreciated', Andrea Knox, Irish Historical Studies (November 2009).

‘The third volume from the “Irish in Europe Project” marks something of a step-change in ambition for this series of publications. The reasons for this are a mix of geography, the integration of the Irish experience of migration into a wider historiography, and the engagement of international scholars (half of the contributors are based outside of Ireland) in this project. In these times of measuring research projects’ outputs and outcomes, these reasons tick many boxes. However, more importantly for the reader, they provide a feast of new vistas … this volume is well worth adding to your collection’, Eoin Magennis, Seanchas Ard Mhacha.