Clerical and learned lineages of medieval Co. Clare

Luke McInerney, an independent scholar with an interest in medieval Gaelic lordship and society, has written a new book, Clerical and learned lineages of medieval Co. Clare: A survey of the fifteenth-century papal registers.“Student of Irish church history, Gaelic cultural history, Irish historical geography, family and local history are all indebted to Luke McInerney for such a detailed and intensive examination. Never before has the evidence for Co. Clare been brought together in such a comprehensive and detailed manner, and employed to answer such fundamental questions about medieval Irish church and society. This will certainly remain an invaluable reference work for many years to come.” Katharine Simms, Trinity College Dublin

From Four Courts Press:

…This book contains genealogical pedigrees of many Clare families, as well as extensive appendices useful for genealogical research into the families of Clare, and will be of interest to the historian, archaeologist and genealogist alike.

A book review published in Ireland’s Genealogical Gazette says, in part:

…McInerney couldn’t have chosen  a more appropriate county for his pioneering study, for unlike others, there was a continuity of lordship with the political and religious conversion of the (O’Brien) ruling family in the course of the sixteenth-century. This seamless transition provided the necessary environment for the continuance of the native hereditary attachments to civil and eccelesiastic offices within the county… Chapter six looks at the hereditary kindreds of the county and interestingly, it deals with the role of concubinage and illegitimacy. However, (McInerney) cautions the reader on the sources and nature of the allegations and notes that the extent of concubinage and illegitimacy amongs Gaelic clerics is open to debate. McInerney states that by the late medieval period, even the ordinary clergy were often found to have ‘wives’ and indeed, that this is attested by the numerous references to ‘sons of clerics.’ Throughout each chapter the author provides maps and illustrations, and of great interest to the genealogist, genealogical tables and charts… With copious lists and an excellent glossary, this is a hugely important contribution to the history of County Clare.

Published by Four Courts Press in Dublin, the book will soon be available through online booksellers like Amazon.

Hardback. 352pp; illustrated. March 2014
ISBN: 978-1-84682-391-6
Retail Price: €55.00

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