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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd; Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717139476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717139477
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prof Colm Lennon recently retired as Professor of History in the National University of Ireland (NUI Maynooth). Author of numerous publications and books, including John Rocque's Dublin: a guide to the Georgian city, Sixteenth-Century Ireland, and Confraternities and Sodalities in Ireland: Charity, Devotion and Sociability.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dáibhí Ó Bruadair on 12 Nov. 2010
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Sixteen years after it was first published this book remains far and away the outstanding general history of sixteenth-century Ireland. Lennon, whose expertise is in the towns of Ireland, religious guilds and ecclesiastical history, makes his book stand head and shoulders above all others due to its very strong social history component. Rather than focusing on the elite-focused 'constitutional' dimension beloved of the British historian Geoffrey Elton and his followers, Lennon places his emphasis on the towns, their trading links across Europe and within Ireland and, what I particularly enjoyed, the relationship between towns and their hinterlands. In this he examined mercantile networks, trading alliances, supply systems and got stuck into the ins and outs of day-to-day life. He excelled here. In the towns he gives great analyses of trade guilds and religious guilds and compellingly demonstrates the absolute control town patricians wielded through controlling the guilds. He explores the massive religious processions in cities like Dublin, something I had never known about. Each page made me re-imagine sixteenth-century Ireland better and develop a much more sophisticated understanding of society and power structures. If you're looking to understand narrow high politics issues, this book is probably not for you. But, as Lennon states at the outset of his study, the localities and not distant cities or countries were at the centre of sixteeth-century life. His emphasis in this book is faithful to this sixteenth-century reality throughout.
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Ireland in the 16th Century 14 Feb. 2009
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For those who are interested in 16th Century Ireland...its politics, its internal "clan" strife, its relationship with England and its integration [or lack thereof] with its rulers and overlords from England, this is arguably the best book and reference one can buy.
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