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Occupying Space in Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Ireland


Edited By Gregory Hulsman and Caoimhe Whelan

This collection offers a range of interdisciplinary viewpoints on the occupation of space and theories of place in Britain and Ireland throughout the medieval and early modern periods. It considers space in both its physical and abstract sense, exploring literature, history, art, manuscript studies, religion, geography and archaeology. The buildings and ruins still occupying our urban and rural spaces bridge the gap between the medieval and the modern; manuscripts and objects hold keys to unlocking the secrets of the past. Focusing on the varied uses of space enriches our understanding of the material culture of the medieval and early modern period. The essays collected here offer astute observations on this theme and generate new insights into areas such as social interaction, cultural memory, sacred space and ideas of time and community.
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The editors would like to thank the Trinity Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for accepting the manuscript of this book for publication in its refereed series ‘Court Cultures of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’. We owe a particular debt to the reader of the original manuscript, Dr Kenneth Rooney (University College Cork), for seeing the merit of the proposed volume and for so warmly recommending it for publication. We must acknowledge a great debt to one particular member of the Centre’s Editorial Board, Dr Gerald Morgan (FTCD, 1993), who gave unstintingly of his time, scholarship, invaluable advice and experience in the preparation of the various drafts. If any errors remain despite the editorial efforts of both Dr Morgan and the Chief Editor of the series, Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey (FTCD, 2004), these must be attributed to oversight on our part.

The editors would also like to express their profound gratitude to the Trinity Association and Trust for its great generosity in providing the subvention for the volume’s publishing costs.

The editors also wish to acknowledge the financial support given by the School of English, the Department of History, and the Trinity Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Trinity College Dublin for the Borderlines Conference in 2013. In particular, we would like to thank Dr Eve Patten, Head of the School of English, and Dr David Ditchburn, Head of the Department of History, without whose support the conference and, therefore, the volume...

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