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Medieval Ireland


   Medieval Ireland: An Encyclopediapresents the multiple facets of life in Ireland before and after the Anglo-
Norman invasion of 1169, from the sixth to the sixteenth century. It provides reliable, scholarly information for
the student, scholar, or general reader who wishes to learn more about this vivid period of history. The medieval
period in Ireland was rich in culture, and Medieval Ireland provides information on such facets as architecture,
art, craftsmanship, language, mythology, and religion.

   Further, many public figures of this time period in Ireland
ranging from kings to saints to poetsare portrayed throughout the text. The common life of the medieval Irish
is covered in such topics as agriculture, coinage, law, clothing, villages, and games. Giving context to these
subjects are the many outside in?uences that affected Irish civilization at this time. The Viking and Anglo-Norman
invasions are discussed, as are the literary and cultural in?uences of many European countries. Thus the work
is useful to people studying related topics, including Anglo-Saxon England, Carolingian Gaul, Norman England,
and Viking-Age Scandinavia.
    The fact that this reference work is dedicated solely to medieval Irelandnot prehistory and not contemporary
affairsgives it a value missing from other more chronologically broad-ranging works. If one is interested in just
the medieval period, this volume is tailor-made. This encyclopedia is not just a history book, but as far as practicable
it reaches beyond history to all recoverable areas of medieval Irish society. By con?ning the content to the thousand
or so years that make up medieval Ireland, and exploring all aspects of that time, we have produced a unique
volume. The major areas of knowledge on the subject of medieval Ireland are accessible within the covers of this
book, as either separate essays or discussed within a broader context in another essay.

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