Making Ireland English: The Irish Aristocracy In The Seventeenth Century (Yale University Press, 2012)(external)
This ground-breaking book provides the first comprehensive study of the remaking of Ireland's aristocracy during the seventeenth century. It is a study of the Irish peerage and its role in the establishment of English control over Ireland. Jane Ohlmeyer's research in the archives of the era yields a major new understanding of early Irish and British elite, and it offers fresh perspectives on the experiences of the Irish, English, and Scottish lords in wider British and Continental contexts.
|Ritual and Violence: Natalie Zemon Davis and Early Modern France. Past and Present Supplement 7 (2012) (external)
Edited by Graeme Murdock, Penny Roberts, and Andrew Spicer.
This collection of essays seeks to offer new insights and approaches to the relationship between religion and violence as well as paying tribute to the immense contribution made in this field by Natalie Zemon Davis.
|Conquest and Land in Ireland: The Transplantation to Connacht, 1649-1680 (Boydell and Brewer, 2011)
This book examines the transplantation to Connacht, a notorious element of the land settlement implemented in mid-seventeenth century Ireland. It situates the origins of the transplantation in the heat of conquest, reconstructs its implementation in the turbulent 1650s and explores its far-reaching outcomes. It thus enables the significance of the transplantation, and its relevance to wider themes such as colonialism, state formation and ethnic cleansing, to be better understood.
|Decorative plasterwork in Ireland and Europe. Ornament and the early modern interior (Four Courts Press, 2012) (external)
Edited by Christine Casey and Conor Lucey.
Sumptuous plasterwork ornament is a celebrated and distinctive feature of Ireland’s 18th-century domestic architecture. Migrant craftsmen brought the modelling skills and decorative forms of European plasterwork and influenced the emergence of a prolific and idiosyncratic local production. In this volume, specialists from Ireland, Britain and Europe explore early modern decoration from a range of perspectives that include formal analysis, discussion of technique and workshop practices, and documentation of the social and economic life of artisans.
|The minutes of the Antrim ministers' meetings, 1654–8 (Four Courts Press, 2012) (external)
Edited by Mark S. Sweetnam
These minutes record the business conducted at the regular meetings of the Presbyterian ministers and elders who formed the leadership of the predominantly Ulster-Scots community in Antrim. They provide an unparalleled insight into the concerns and pressures that helped to shape the identity and inform the practice of that community in a precarious and difficult period, as they enjoyed a brief period of toleration under the Cromwellian regime. The minutes appear here in print for the first time, with a comprehensive introduction and apparatus.
|The 1641 Depositions and the Irish Rebellion (Pickering and Chatto, 2012) (external)
Editors: Eamon Darcy, Annaleigh Margey and Elaine Murphy
The 1641 Depositions are among the most important documents relating to early modern Irish history. This essay collection is part of a major project run by Trinity College Dublin, using the depositions to investigate the life and culture of seventeenth-century Ireland. The 1641 Rebellion and other key sieges of the period are discussed in the light of new information, and the potential for further research using this resource is assessed. As the first systematic investigation of the depositions and their context, this collection will make a significant contribution to our understanding of this period.
|The Irish Rebellion of 1641 and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (Boydell and Brewer, 2013). (external)
The aim of this book is to investigate how the 1641 rebellion broke out and whether there was a meaning in the violence which ensued. It also seeks to understand how the English administration in Ireland portrayed these events to the wider world, and to examine whether and how far their claims were justified. Did they deliberately construct a narrative of death and destruction that belied what really happened? An obvious, if overlooked, context is that of the Atlantic world; and particular questions asked are whether the English colonists drew upon similar cultural frameworks to describe atrocities in the Americas; how this shaped the portrayal of the 1641 rebellion in contemporary pamphlets; and the effect that this had on the wider Wars of the Three Kingdoms between England, Ireland and Scotland.