Daryl Hendley Rooney
Daryl Hendley Rooney is a PhD candidate in the School of Histories and Humanities. He earned his B.A. in English and History, as well as his M.A. in Medieval Studies, at University College Dublin.
His research project examines how the Irish were constructed as 'other' by twelfth- and thirteenth-century writers in England. Focusing upon the works of Roger of Howden, William of Newburgh, Gerald of Wales, Gervase of Canterbury and others, this dissertation examines the insights these historians provide into medieval attitudes towards the Irish during the first century of English conquest in Ireland. Moreover, the changing social, cultural and political contexts of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries are also explored in order to ascertain how these contexts influenced these writers' portrayals.