The Jacobean Plantations in Seventeenth-Century Offaly

An Archaeology of a Changing World

By James Lyttleton

The assimilation of the Gaelic Irish lordships into the British state marks the end of medieval Ireland and the beginning of a society more recognizable to modern eyes. A number of native Irish lordships in west and south Offaly - namely Eile Ui Chearbhaill, Delbhna Eathra, Fir Cheall, and Muintir Thadhgain - were fundamentally transformed by the imposition of plantation schemes there in 1619-20. This book highlights the importance of regionality in the archaeological study of early modern Ireland, detailing the impact of colonization on local communities, as well as the changes wrought by the great cultural movements of the time, namely the Reformation, Counter-Reformation, and the Renaissance. By reappraising the various categories of secular and non-secular buildings - such as tower houses, fortified manor houses, farmsteads, and churches - the book goes beyond morphological concerns and explores the extent to which individuals influenced their own social, economic, and cultural positions in society, and how the physical and mental worlds of the native and settler communities were challenged and transformed by encounters with the other.

Publication Date: 10/25/2013
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781846824920

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