Medieval Castles of Ireland

Medieval Castles of Ireland

David Sweetman


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Boydell Press



A definitive study of the archaeology of Irish castles, from the middle ages to the seventeenth century, covering well over four hundred castles and earthworks.
"The definitive book on the archaeology of Irish castles." TERRY BARRY, Trinity College Dublin.

The great age of Irish castle-building began with the arrival of the Anglo-Normans, traditionally dated to 1169, and continued right up to the seventeenth century. This account of the development of Irish castles proceeds chronologically from the large earthwork and stone castles introduced by the Anglo-Normans, through the later medieval hall houses and tower houses, to the strong houses and fortified houses which marked the end of the medieval period. Blarney Castle (County Cork) and Bunratty Castle (County Limerick) are famous surviving examples of medieval castle-building, but as this book shows, they are in good company, and there are many others to be found in whole or in part throughout the country. The volume is lavishly illustrated with 200 original drawings and photographs.


November 1999
30 colour, 129 black and white, 85 line illustrations
220 pages
26x20 cm
ISBN: 9780851157887
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC ARC005000, HIS018000, HIS037010
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In all, this book is a major contribution to the study of Irish castles, and should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in medieval Ireland... New castles have been identified over the course of this work and more information abnout known ones gathered. Sweetman excellently weaves all this new fieldwork and, also, the results of recent excavations of castles, into this volume. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY

Can be regarded as the definitive and indispensable work on the subject, the result of over 30 years of excavation, survey and involvement with these numerous and varied structures. A satisfying and eminently readable book. CASEMATE