The book begins by examining the history of medieval rural settlement studies in Ireland, and then considers the subject thematically. Topics include; the role of castles, the nature of English peasant settlement on Anglo-Norman manors and the nature of Gaelic settlement in other areas. Strategies for tackling the various questions identified are considered in detail and the volume includes an extensive bibliography. This book was the scoping document for what became the Discovery Programme Medieval Rural Settlement Project.
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