New Collection of Essays on Becoming and Belonging in Ireland AD c. 1200-1600

Becoming and Belonging in Ireland AD c. 1200-1600: Essays in Identity and Cultural Practice


Edited by Eve Campbell, Elizabeth FitzPatrick, Audrey Horning


The period AD c.1200–1600 in Ireland was marked by the achievements and decline of the Anglo-Norman colony, refashioning of Gaelic elite identity, Reformation, and reassertion of English control that led to Plantation projects, bringing new people and ideas to the island. This book is about how the peoples living in Ireland in that key period understood and projected themselves, how they were viewed and understood by others, and how their senses of self were transformed over time. It especially concerns how the often complex and mutable identities of the peoples of the island can be comprehended through analysing their material culture, buildings, settlement forms, landscapes, language and politics.


March 2018  |  9781782052609 |  €39 £35 |   Hardback  |  234 x 156mm|  448 pages


While rooted in historical studies, the topic is highly relevant today, as we live in a time of great change in which group and individual identities and boundaries are being variously contested and reasserted, threatened and augmented. It is hoped that readers will find insights, surprises and challenges in this book that will help to enlighten some of the critical issues of human identity in our contemporary world


Eve Campbell is Fieldwork Director, Achill Archaeological Field School.

Elizabeth FitzPatrick is a personal professor of historical archaeology, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, NUI Galway.

Audrey Horning is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, and Professor of Archaeology, Queen’s University Belfast.