Editor: Seán Duffy

This tenth volume of proceedings of the annual Friends of Medieval Dublin Symposium contains reports on recent archaeological excavations: Sinéad Phelan found evidence for Hiberno-Norse activity on Hammond Lane; Giles Dawkes discusses his excavations at Church Street and May Lane; Alan Hayden relays his findings from a dig on the site of a late-medieval mill in St Augustine’s Street; and Edmund O’Donovan’s excavation at St Nahi’s church in Dundrum revealed a series of fortified enclosures around the early monastic foundation. Other papers include Stephen Harrison’s fresh look at a furnished Viking grave discovered in Bride Street in the 19th century. Historical perspectives on the medieval city and county are provided by Áine Foley’s essay on crime in the royal manors of medieval Dublin (Crumlin, Esker, Saggart and Newcastle Lyons) in the early 14th century. Sparky Booker identifies a perhaps surprising level of Gaelicization in 15th-century Dublin. Clare Downham focuses on historical records relating to Viking bases in 9th-century Ireland. The volume concludes with a hitherto unpublished essay by the late Professor A.J. Otway-Ruthven on the town in medieval Ireland.

Contents:

Clare Crowley – Sanctuary and symbolism: the origins of the curvilinear plan-form at Clondalkin, County Dublin
Linzi Simpson  Pre-Viking and early Viking-Age Dublin: research questions
Clare Downham – Viking camps in ninth-century Ireland: sources, locations and interactions
Stephen H. Harrison  Bride Street revisited – Viking burial in Dublin and beyond
Edel Bhreathnach – Dublin in Middle Irish Leinster dynastic poetry
Sinéad Phelan  The bank, the ditch and the water: Hiberno-Norse discoveries at Church Street and Hammond Lane
Giles Dawkes  Interim results of excavations at 152-5 Church Street, Dublin: St Michan’s early enclosure and late medieval timber-framed buildings
Áine Foley – Violent crime in medieval County Dublin: a symptom of degeneracy?
Alan R. Hayden  Archaeological excavations at the west side of Augustine Street, Dublin: a summary
Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB  The hermits and anchorites of medieval Dublin
Sparky Booker – An English city? Gaelicization and cultural exchange in late medieval Dublin
A.J. Otway-Ruthven (prepared for publication by Peter Crooks The medieval Irish town

Published: 09/01/2010
Publisher: Four Courts Press
Reviews:Larissa Tracy on Óenach: FMRSI reviews 2011 wrote:

'The Medieval Dublin collection, edited by Seán Duffy, fills an important gap in medieval scholarship, joining works on localized subjects like the excellent Medieval Lough Cé, edited by Thomas Finan, that redress the inattention given to Ireland over the years … The twelve articles are clear, concise and detailed, providing visual support for the analyses and conclusions in maps, diagrams, tables, charts and photos … This collection furthers research, illuminates new findings, challenges old assumptions and asks probing questions about the nature of society in medieval Ireland … Medieval Dublin X, dedicated to the memory of archaeologist Simon Dick, places a particular emphasis on the archaeology of Viking-Age sites … an important and informative volume'