From its origins as a monastical settlement and later as a Viking kingdom, to its identity as an English colonial capital, medieval Dublin passed through many incarnations.
It has been, alternately, a pirates’ lair at the center of a brutal slave trade, an emergent town ransacked periodically by its Irish neighbors, a rapidly expanding municipality headed by a mayor, and the principal focus of loyalty to the crown in a beleaguered Pale.
The history of medieval Dublin is extraordinarily rich and complex. This book – now available in paperback after many years out of print – is intended both as a tribute to some of Ireland’s most distinguished medieval scholars and as a further contribution by The Friends of Medieval Dublin to their declared policy of diffusing knowledge of the history of this remarkable city.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction by HB Clarke
I Historical and Topographical Development
1: Medieval Dublin in a European context: from proto-town to chartered town – Anngret Simms
2: The topographical development of early medieval Dublin – HB Clarke
3. The origins of Dublin – PF Wallace
4. Norse Dublin – Edmund Curtis
5. Pre-Norman Dublin – John Ryan
6. The inception of the Dodder water supply – Valentine Jackson
7. Dublin’s north-eastern city wall: early reclamation and development at the Poddle-Liffey confluence – Nuala Burke
8. The High Street excavations – Breandán Ó Ríordáin
9. The ancient chapter-house of the priory of the Holy Trinity, Dublin – Thomas Drew
10. The town walls of Dublin Patrick Healy
11. Seventeenth-century plans of Dublin Castle – JB Maguire
12. The medieval sculpture of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin – Roger Stalley
13. The monuments of the pre-Reformation archbishops of Dublin – HJ Lawlor
14. The market cross of Dublin – HS Crawford
Notes and Bibliographies
About the Editor
Dr Howard Clarke, now retired from UCD, is one of Ireland’s foremost scholars on medieval Dublin, and has written extensively on this subject.