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    DescriptionFrom prehistoric stone circles to medieval high crosses, from seaside stone castles to Elizabethan tower houses, the monuments of Ireland fascinate scholars and travelers alike. Whether crumbling or perfectly preserved, in the midst of cities or standing alone in isolated landscapes, they bear mute but eloquent witness to the island's rich past. Now, back by popular demand, comes a stunningly illustrated guide to Ireland's historic places. Ranging from the earliest remnants of the prehistoric past to the end of the medieval era, Ancient Ireland provides an outstanding survey of the island's finest archaeological and architectural sites. Peter Harbison provides lively and thoughtful descriptions of megalithic wedge tombs, medieval round towers, and Tudor manor houses--matched by more than 300 hauntingly beautiful photographs by Jacqueline O'Brien. Harbison also provides a narrative overview of Ireland's history, placing the architectural monuments in the context of Roman influence, Celtic migration, Brian Boru's battles, Norse and Norman invasions, Gaelic revival, and Cromwell's conquests. He describes the earliest monasteries against the background of St. Patrick's missionary efforts, examines the cultural impact of the Viking conquests, and explores the literary flowering that took place even as the Anglo-Norman aristocracy asserted its primacy in the twelfth century. The book brims with colorful details. And throughout, the carefully rendered and captioned photographs bring to life the rich physical legacy of the island's tumultuous past. Ireland remains a favorite destination for travelers, whether tourists or scholars of its fabled culture and history. Ancient Ireland provides an essential guide for all who are bound for the emerald isle--a delightful volume for tourists and armchair travelers.


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    Title
    Ancient Ireland
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) P. Harbison
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 282 mm
    Height: 325 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 2,177 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195212686
    ISBN 10: 0195212681
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    DC21: 941.5
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000, SOC003000, HIS018000
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    DC22: 941.5
    B&T Approval Code: A15202026
    BISAC V2.8: HIS030000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC classification: DA920.O25
    B&T Approval Code: A05092400
    LC classification: DA920 .O25 1996
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 September 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Peter Harbison is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, and is the author of a number of books on Irish history, architecture, and archaeology, including The Archaeology of Ireland, Irish Art and Architecture, and Pre-Christian Ireland.Jacqueline O'Brien has extensively photographed historic Irish sites. Former Director of the Architectural Archive of Ireland, her work includes Great Irish Houses and Castles and Dublin: A Grand Tour.
    Review quote
    "A beautiful glimpse at the richness of Ireland's ruined architecture."--Booklist