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Katharine Simms, Trinity College, Dublin.


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Katharine obtained a B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin, in History and Political Science in 1969, and a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1976. The title of her Ph.D. thesis was ‘Gaelic lordships in Ulster in the later middle ages’. Katherine is currently Senior Lecturer in Medieval History in the School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin. Her interests include the use of medieval sources in the Irish language for historical purposes, including social and economic history, and the political, family and church history of the later middle ages in Ireland.


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Research Interests

Pastoralism - Gaelic society - medieval settlement - literary sources - bardic poetry.

Collaborative Interests

Katherine is involved in the Bardic Poetry Project with the Trinity College, Dublin, Irish and Celtic Studies Department, and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies.


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Selected Publications

Simms, K. (2004) References to landscape and economy in Irish bardic poetry, In: Clarke, H. B., Prunty, J. and Hennessy, M. (eds.), Surveying Ireland's Past: Multidisciplinary Essays in Honour of Anngret Simms. Dublin: Geography Publications, 145 - 168.

Simms, K. (2001) Native sources for Gaelic settlement: The house poems, In: Duffy, P J., Edwards, D. and Fitzpatrick, E. (eds.), Gaelic Ireland: Land, Lordship and Settlement. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 246 - 267.

Simms, K. (1986) Nomadry in medieval Ireland: The origins of the creaght or caoraigheacht, Peritia, 5, 379 - 391.