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Ireland and the Monarchy (Paperback)

P&S History > Royal History P&S History > Social History P&S History > Social Science & Culture > Politics World History > UK & Ireland > Ireland

Edited by John Gibney
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Irish Perspectives
Pages: 138
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781526757647
Published: 13th January 2020



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In the twenty-first century there are two jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, and two very different heads of state represent the populations of Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively: the elected presidency of the republic, and the hereditary monarchy of the United Kingdom. But the idea of monarchy, and the related notion of aristocracy, has a long heritage in Ireland. There was a native aristocracy long before the British conquest, and British monarchs were not the only monarchs to matter to Irish people. Now, in the third instalment of the collaboration between Pen and Sword and History Ireland magazine, a range of experts examine how the role played by monarchs and their monarchies from the middle ages up to the present has had a role in shaping Ireland and its peoples, exploring some unexpected highways and byways along the way. From the Vikings to the Jacobites, and from the high-kings of Irish mythology to Mrs Simpson, this volume looks at kings, queens, their followers and their opponents to cast light on Ireland’s history from an unexpected angle.

An inherently fascinating, thoughtful and thought-provoking work of meticulous collective scholarship, "Ireland and the Monarchy" is an extraordinary and very highly recommended addition to community and academic library Irish History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

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Midwest Book Review

I think maybe this should be compulsory reading.

Books Monthly

Listed in the 'First Flush' feature

Books Ireland, November/December 2019

About John Gibney

John Gibney is a historian attached to the Royal Irish Academy's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy Project. He is a long-time contributor to History Ireland and is the author of A short history of Ireland, 1500-2000 (Yale University Press, 2018).

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