Castles and colonists

An archaeology of Elizabethan Ireland

By Eric Klingelhofer

Castles and colonists


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8246-7
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: September 2010
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism, Ireland, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Archaeology, Literature, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literature: history & criticism, Literary studies: general, Ireland, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
  • Series: The Manchester Spenser


Castles and colonists is the first book to examine life in the leading province of Elizabeth I's nascent empire. Klinglehofer shows how an Ireland of colonising English farmers and displaced Irish 'savages' are ruled by an imported Protestant elite from their fortified manors and medieval castles.

Richly illustrated, it displays how a generation of English 'adventurers' including such influential intellectual and political figures as Spenser and Ralegh, tried to create a new kind of England, one that gave full opportunity to their Renaissance tastes and ambitions.

Based on decades of research, Castles and colonisers details how archaelogy had revealed the traces of a short-lived, but significant culture which has been, until now, eclipsed in ideological conflicts between Tudor queens, Hapsburg hegemony and native Irish traditions,


'This is both a significant and an important account of his excavation of Kilcolman, [is] followed by his interesting thesis on how much Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene influenced vernacular architecture throughout Ireland and Britain.'
The Spenser Review, January 2013


Eric Klingelhofer is Professor of History at Mercer University, Georgia, USA


List of figures
1. Archaeology and empire
2. Fortification
3. Settlement
4. Vernacular architecture
5. Kilcolman Castle
6. Spenserian architecture
7. Conclusions.
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