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Anglo-Irish and Gaelic women in Ireland; c.1170-1540.


Anglo-Irish and Gaelic women in Ireland; c.1170-1540.

Kenny, Gillian.

Four Courts Press


218 pages




When Anglo-Normans colonized Ireland, explains Kenny, they introduced a way of life based on common law that was very different from the existing Gaelic system. They did not extend the system to native Irish, however, so eventually the island contained two very different societies until Gaelic society was destroyed by Tudor reforms. She looks at the women of the two communities, both at the differences in their lives and at the similarities of their experiences as single women, wives, widows, and nuns. The study integrates her masters thesis at University College Dublin and her 2005 doctoral dissertation at Trinity College Dublin. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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