A New History of Ireland: Vol. 1

A New History of Ireland: Vol. 1 : Prehistoric and Early Ireland


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A New History of Ireland is the largest scholarly project in modern Irish history. In 9 volumes, it provides a comprehensive new synthesis of modern scholarship on every aspect of Irish history and prehistory, from the earliest geological and archaeological evidence, through the Middle Ages, down to the present day. Volume I begins by looking at geography and the physical environment. Chapters follow that examine pre-3000, neolithic, bronze-age and iron-age Ireland and Ireland up to 800. Society, laws, church and politics are all analysed separately as are architecture, literature, manuscripts, language, coins and music. The volume is brought up to 1166 with chapters, amongst others, on the Vikings, Ireland and its neighbours, and opposition to the High-Kings. A final chapter moves further on in time, examining Latin learning and literature in Ireland to 1500.

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  • Paperback | 1408 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 55.88mm | 1,655.6g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 13 maps and 48pp black-and-white plates
  • 0199226652
  • 9780199226658
  • 239,790

About Daibhi O Croinin

Daibhi O Croinin is Associate Professor of History at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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Review from previous edition this volume will be an essential source book for many years. The essays are distinguished, well written and well documented, and the bibliography is excellent. The Historical Association contains valuable sections on all aspects of the Irish diaspora, as well as on the economy, the arts and music. ... Times Literary Supplement

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Table of contents

Introduction: Prehistoric and Early Ireland ; 1. The Geographical Element in Irish History ; 2. The Physical Environment ; 3. Ireland before 3000 B.C. ; 4. Neolithic Ireland ; 5. Bronze-Age Ireland ; 6. Iron-Age Ireland ; 7. Ireland, 400-800 ; 8. The Archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland, c.400-1169: Settlement and Economy ; 9. Early Irish Hermitages, Pilgrimage Sites, and their Ecclesiastical Buildings and Movements ; 10. The Church in Irish Society, 400-800 ; 11. Early Irish Law ; 12. Hiberno-Latin Literature to 1169 ; 13. 'What Was Best of Every Language': The Early History of the Irish Language ; 14. Language and Literature to 1169 ; 15. Manuscripts and Palaeography ; 16. Ireland c.800: Aspects of Society ; 17. The Viking Age ; 18. The Irish Church, 800-c.1050 ; 19. Church and Politics, c.750-c.1100 ; 20. Visual Arts and Society ; 21. Ecclesiastical Architecture Before 1169 ; 22. Music in Prehistoric and Medieval Ireland ; 23. The Archaeology of Ireland's Viking-Age Towns ; 24. Coins and Coinage in Pre-Norman Ireland ; 25. Ireland Before the Battle of Clontarf ; 26. Ireland and her Neighbours, c.1014-c.1072 ; 27. High-Kings with Opposition, 1072-1166 ; 28. Latin Learning and Literature in Ireland, 1169-1500 ; Bibliography ; Index

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