Princes, prelates and poets in medieval Ireland

Essays in honour of Katharine Simms


Seán Duffy editor

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-280-3
April 2013. 600pp; colour ills.

This volume presents one of the largest and most authoritative collections of essays on the theme of medieval Ireland to appear in many years. Published to mark the retirement of Katharine Simms, the doyenne of studies of Gaelic Irish society in the later Middle Ages, the volume’s contents congregate around themes that have characterized her landmark contributions to the field – from the changing function of kingship and lordship in Gaelic and Anglo-Norman Ireland, to the organization of the medieval Irish church, to the examination of the formation and achievement of Ireland’s learned classes, particularly the poets.

Contributors: Edel Bhreathnach, Damian Braken, Caoimhín Breatnach, Dauvit Broun, John Carey, Howard B. Clarke, Peter Crooks, Bernadette Cunningham, Seán Duffy, Thomas Finan, Elizabeth FitzPatrick, Robin Frame, Raymond Gillespie, Stephanie Hayes-Healy, Bart Jaski, Annette Kehnel, Daniel McCarthy, Damian McManus, Ailbhe MacShamhráin†, Kevin Murray, Donnchadh Ó Corráin, Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Raghnall Ó Floinn, Eoin O’Flynn, Pádraig Ó Macháin, Nollaig Ó Muraíle, Helen Perros-Walton, Patrick Prendergast, Salvador Ryan, Anngret Simms, Brendan Smith, Catherine Swift, Colin Veach, Freya Verstraten Veach, Bernadette Williams, Alex Woolf.

Seán Duffy is associate professor of medieval history at Trinity College Dublin.