Dublin and the Pale in the Renaissance, c.1540–1660

Michael Potterton & Thomas Herron, editors

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ISBN: 978-1-84682-283-4
December 2011. 464pp; ills.

Following the ground-breaking volume Ireland in the Renaissance, c.1540–1660 (2007) by the same editors, this multidisciplinary collection in history, art history, literature and archaeology examines the region of the English Pale in Ireland – and the concept of the Pale itself – during the early modern period. Subjects covered include hidden houses at Athy, Co. Kildare, and Carstown, Co. Louth; the Gaelic Irish of east Leinster and their countrymen at the London court; music; theatre; powerful Geraldine women; the classical and political pretensions of the ‘Old English’ community; church settlement; literary martyrdom; book ownership; the Irish language; a new interpretation of the earl of Strafford’s daunting pile at Jigginstown near Naas, Co. Kildare, and more.

Contributors: John Bradley, Vincent Carey, Michael Corcoran, Jane Fenlon, Eva Griffith, Thomas Herron, Brendan Kane, Stuart Kinsella, Rolf Loeber, Willy Maley, Rachel Moss, Ben Murtagh, Emmett O’Byrne, Michael Potterton, Sinéad Quirke, Brandie Siegfried, Christopher Smith and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber.

Michael Potterton is co-author (with Margaret Murphy) of The Dublin region in the Middle Ages (Dublin, 2010). Thomas Herron is Associate Professor of English at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.