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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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DUNCAN L. BERRYMAN is a PhD research student in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology at Queen’s University Belfast. His project is an interdisciplinary investigation of fourteenth-century manorial curia, using documentary and archaeological evidence. He holds a BA and MSc from Queen’s University Belfast and previously specialised in late medieval Irish tower houses and medieval landscapes.


SONYA CRONIN is in the fourth year of her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, working on female royalist writers in the context of the English Civil War, exile and diaspora. She also currently teaches tutorials on post-colonial literature and theory at Trinity College Dublin. Her PhD thesis spans the years 1640 to 1669 and examines how authors wrote of their experience of displacement and marginalisation to emerge not just as writers in exile, but writers of exile. Authors examined include Margaret Cavendish, Katherine Philips, Hester Pulter, Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia, Mary Stuart and the Cavendish sisters Lady Elizabeth Brackley and Lady Jane Cavendish. The project loosens the term ‘exile’ to examine both those exiled at home and those exiled on the continent to produce a cross-channel comparative study of their work and reach a fuller, more nuanced understanding of the war years, interregnum and Restoration years for thousands of displaced royalists. This project is funded by the Irish Research Council.


CLARE FLETCHER is a doctoral candidate and tutor of medieval English literature in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. She is...

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