Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland

Space and Settlement in Medieval IrelandTo celebrate the launch of ‘Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland‘, a new publication by Four Courts Press, I have one copy of the book to give away (see below for entry details). The book launch will take place next week on Thursday 19 November in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 and all are welcome to attend. Some more details can be found on Four Court’s website, while RSVP’s can be made to

Based on the proceedings of an annual conference held at Trinity College, Dublin, ‘Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland‘ contains a fascinating selection of papers which embrace the disciplines of history, geography and archaeology.

The papers include

Lothlind by Benjamin Hudson

The Normans and the Irish Sea world in the era of the Battle of Clontarf by Patrick Wadden

Studying early medieval Irish urbanization: problems and possibilities by Rebecca Wall Forrestal

Fleets, forts and the geography of Toirdelbach Ua Conchobair’s bid for the high-kingship by Mary Valante

On the edge of the colony: Overk and the Carlow Corridor by Linda Shine

The spatial dynamic of the Irish tower house hall by Rory Sherlock

The tower houses of Co. Down: stylistic similarity, functional difference by Gillian Eadie

The death of the tower house? An examination of the decline of the Irish castle tradition by Vicky McAlister

Deer parks: lost medieval monuments of the Irish countryside by Fiona Beglane

The economic hinterland of Drogheda in the later Middle Ages by James A. Galloway

Reconstructing battlefield landscapes by Damian Shiels


Competition:  The good folks at Four Courts Press have very kindly offered a copy of their new publication,’Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland‘, as a prize in Irish’s latest competition. To enter just leave a comment below (all comments have to be moderated so it might take an hour or two for them to appear). I’ll then pick a winner out of a hat (closing date for entries is 6 pm on Friday 13th of November, the winner will be notified on Saturday the 14th of November).

119 thoughts on “Space and Settlement in Medieval Ireland

  1. My mom’s family is Irish and my oldest daughter is studying history at university. What a great Christmas gift this would make!

  2. Wish there were a paper on crannogs as they fit into the wider landscape included, but would love to read what’s there!

  3. I’ve spent the last 15 years of my career studying cultural landscapes in California. I keep up on the literature globally, especially Ireland. Looking forward to reading this book.

  4. Sounds like a great read! Would love a copy, especially since Ireland is where I want to end up working. Thank you for the contest!

  5. As someone who majored in history so many years ago, who has taken on line archaeology courses and history of Ireland courses, and a family history researcher of my Irish family, I would LOVE to have a copy of this book. It looks to be a fascinating read. Please put my name in the hat for the draw.

  6. My husband , 2nd generation Irish, just became a citizen and he is so proud!! Would be a great birthday gift for him in the upcoming month

    We just returned from a 14-day trip to Ireland. Our 3rd in 3 years!

    Best regards,
    Margaret Keyes Farrell

  7. Would really like to read this book especially the paper on the deerparks as we have a local one in Curranar in Foxford

  8. Hi all.

    Yet another great publication about life in medieval Ireland. My favourite topic is life in Norman times!

  9. Would absolutely love this book and would share with my sister who would also love it. Roadtrippinarchaeologysearchinghistorylovinkerrywomen

  10. The book looks fantastic! I’m fascinated by the medieval period in Irish history and the books contents sound really interesting, especially the discussions of the tower houses. I’m in the U.S. so I don’t know if that disqualifies me but I’d love to also review the book on my website, Wild for Ireland.

  11. Would love a copy of this for my family and I to enjoy, we spend most weekends visiting and exploring historical Irish sites. This book would be a fantastic companion of knowledge to enjoy along the way 🙂

  12. I think you’ll have a difficult enough job selecting a winner from the previous replies so I’m just going to wish you good luck

  13. Why should I be considered to win this new book, well since relocating to Iceland from Australia, it is hard to get good material to read. This book may just have a key answer to why I have settled here.

  14. This is a fascinating range of papers that can add to the knowledge of anyone interested in getting to know the changing landscapes of the island of Ireland and the historical and social influences that shaped them. I would love to have it.

  15. I would LOVE a copy of this…. And November 16th is my birthday (for real). I would even spring for shipping to the US, and, even if I don’t win, could you tell me how to order the book and would you be interested in a review and blog interview? Thanks!

  16. I’d love a copy, not least because this Sunday the 15th is my birthday and also because I am in the middle of writing a detailed paper on the settlement of the Gaelic learned class in late medieval times. This book would therefore be most helpful!

  17. I’d be glad to have a copy. Maybe it would help me think of some bicycle destinations on my next visit in the spring.

  18. I guess this is as good as any reason to thank you for the blog. I am an Irish descendant living in Atlantic, Canada with a passion for Irish history and archaeology. This blog feeds my hunger for facts and the interesting stories uncovered in the earth, fuel my imagination to work out my roots and family stories. The book looks like a fabulous read with so many interesting articles. Thank you for the work you do.

  19. Being of Irish decent I’m always curious of how we became “Irish” When the people migrated across Europe why did we settle on that blessed isle and make it home? Curious to read this book for any new information ok thanks!!!

  20. Good evening, I once knew someone who was Medieval or so he told me…I’d like to check out some of the facts.

    Thanking you in anticipation.


  21. Would love a copy. Looks like another great book. Would love to add this to our Medieval Irish Re-enactment group’s library in Australia.

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