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Special Offer to members of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society


The Dublin Region in the Middle Ages 
Settlement, land-use and economy
Margaret Murphy & Michael Potterton

This exquisite 608 page full-colour book is the first major publication of the Discovery Programme’s Medieval Rural Settlement Project. The book is a study of the medieval region that contained and was defined by the presence of Ireland’s largest nucleated settlement. Combining documentary and archaeological data this volume explores the primary settlement features of the hinterland area (all of Co. Dublin and large parts of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow), including defensive monuments, manors, the church and the Pale. It examines the ways in which resources of the region were managed and exploited to produce food, fuel and raw materials for both town and country, and investigates the processing of the raw materials for human consumption. Then as now, the city profoundly affected its surrounding area through its demands for resources and through the ownership of land by Dubliners (ecclesiastics and lay) and the control of trade by city merchants. In addition to presenting a timely examination of urban-rural interaction, the volume contributes to wider debates on topics such as settlement landscapes, the role of lordship and the productivity of agriculture.

Margaret Murphy is a history lecturer in Carlow College and has published on various aspects of the social, economic and ecclesiastical history of the later Middle Ages. Michael Potterton is a former Senior Research Archaeologist with the Discovery Programme and co-editor of Uncovering Medieval Trim (2009) and Rural settlement in medieval Ireland (2009).

Hardback. 608pp. Large Format. Full-Colour Illustrations throughout. 
Retail Price: €55.00

Call Four Courts Press directly on 01-4564668 to purchase this book for just €40.00 (postage free) ….. that is a massive saving of almost €25.00 …. 

This offer is only available until 5.00pm on Friday 31st July.……


Four Courts Press have recently published a number of exciting new books that I think would be of great interest to the Mailing list of the MAHS including the following: 

Anglo-Norman parks in medieval Ireland
Fiona Beglane
. 256pp. Colour ills. Hardback. €50.00

Archaeology and Celtic myth: an exploration
John Waddell. New Paperback edition. 248pp; colour ills. Retail Price: €24.95

The Woods of Ireland: a history, 700–1800
Nigel Everett. New Paperback edition. 352pp; colour ills. Retail Price: €29.95

The Vikings in Ireland and beyond: before and after the battle of Clontarf

Howard B. Clarke & Ruth Johnson, editors. 564pp. Colour Ills. Hardback. €40.00

Agriculture and settlement in Ireland

Margaret Murphy & Matthew Stout, editors. 256pp. Ills. Hardback. €50.00


Clerics, Kings and Vikings: essays on medieval Ireland in

honour of Donnchadh Ó Corráin

Emer Purcell et al, editors. 640pp. Colour ills, large format. Hardback. €60.00

The Tudor discovery of Ireland
Christopher Maginn & Stephen G. Ellis
. 240pp. Hardback. €50.00

Building on the past: medieval ecclesiastical buildings in Ireland, 1789–1915
Niamh NicGhabhann

Four Courts Press. 250pp. Colour Ills. Hardback. €55.00


Space and settlement in medieval Ireland
Terry Barry & Vicky McAlister, editors
. 256pp. Hardback. €55.00

Coming August 2015

Lough Ree: historic lakeland settlement 
Bernadette Cunningham & Harman Murtagh, editors

Four Courts Press. 288pp. Colour Illustrations. Hardback. €55.00
Coming August 2015

Medieval Irish buildings, 1100–1600

Tadhg O’Keeffe. 320pp. Colour ills. Paperback. €29.95 
Coming August 2015