The Medieval Castles of Ireland begins with the development of the Irish castle in 1169, when the Anglo-Normans arrived in the country. Castles were first built as large earth and timber fortifications, later as stone fortresses. The story of castle development in Ireland then proceeds to medieval hall houses and tower houses, ending with the fortified houses and stronghouses of the 17th century.Â The book is illustrated with coloured and black and white photographs as well as original drawings showing the plans of various castles. A bibliography, glossary, and place name index are included.
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The author, David Sweetman, is well qualified for his task as a chief archaeologist in Duchas (Office of Public Works) and editor of the County Archaeological Inventory Series. He has authored a number of archaeological excavation reports and is a member of many academic bodies and learned societies in Ireland and abroad.
The information in this book takes into account the most recent discoveries and knowledge gained by the Archaeological Survey of the country. The author states that he hopes the book is a start of a new era in castle studies in Ireland and that it will form a basic framework and reference for the subject.
Whether a researcher or a traveller, anyone interested in the castles of Ireland will enjoy reading this book and find it to be an invaluable reference. From the smallest detail of castle building to the specifics of individual castles, The Medieval Castles of Ireland brings to the reader an understanding of Irish castles and their impact on the Irish landscape.
218 pages, 30 colour, 129 b/w
Published by The Boydell Press
Hardback: £25.00/$45.00 US