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Medieval Ireland : an encyclopedia /

Other Authors: Duffy, Seán., MacShamhráin, Ailbhe., Moynes, James.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Routledge, 2005
Series: Routledge encyclopedias of the Middle Ages ; v. 10
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The tenth volume in a series of encyclopedias on the Middle Ages, this book maintains the high standards seen in earlier volumes. This is one of the smaller books in this series (347 essays written by just over 100 scholars), but all significant topics receive some coverage, giving nonspecialists a good overview of medieval Irish history and civilization. Biographies of individuals and families are prominent, taking up more than a third of all entries. Entries on general subjects (e.g., architecture) are not very extensive, but one can find additional information on related topics (e.g., bridges, houses, castles). Articles, each with a bibliography, range in length between 250 and 2,500 words. Although entries are arranged alphabetically, a useful thematic entry list is in the front matter. The book has only two large maps, one at the start, the other buried in the middle. Libraries that own the previous volumes in this series will not be disappointed by this one. It will have great value to students or scholars who want to research medieval Ireland. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Academic collections. P. M. Konieczny University of Toronto

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