Editor: Seán Duffy

This volume has important studies on the political, social and literary history of Dublin from the Viking Age to the dawn of the modern era. Eoin O’Flynn reconstructs the relationship between the Vikings of Dublin and the Clann Cholmáin kings; Denis Casey looks inside Viking Dublin at the ruling élite that included an officer called the airlabraid; Andrew Woods examines the use of coins in the Hiberno-Norse town; Lenore Fischer discovers later Dublin traditions about the Battle of Clontarf; Paul MacCotter reconstructs the lands of the medieval archdiocese of Dublin; Declan Johnston examines the ‘Black Monday’ massacre of the citizens, said to have occurred in 1209 and which became an annual pageant for centuries afterwards; Niall Ó Súilleabháin describes the system of municipal government in Anglo-Norman Dublin; Linzi Simpson reports on archaeological excavations in the Front Square of Trinity College that unearthed the earliest college buildings and the earlier priory of All Hallows; Grace O’Keeffe discusses the connections between Dublin and Bristol in the Middle Ages; Bernadette Williams reassesses the evidence for the arrival of the Dominicans in the early thirteenth century; Caoimhe Whelan reminds us of the career of the Dubliner James Yonge, an important figure in the literary circles in late medieval Ireland; John Montague shows how the famous 1756 map by John Rocque can be used to shed light on the medieval city; and Niall McCullough outlines an architectural and urban design framework plan for the Ship Street–Werburgh Street area.


Eoin O’Flynn-The Dublin Vikings and the Clann Cholmáin kings of the Southern Uí Néill
Denis Casey-Norse, Gaelic or Hiberno-Scandinavian? The airlabraid of tenth-century Dublin
Andrew Woods-The coinage and economy of Hiberno-Scandinavian Dublin
Leonore Fischer-How Dublin remembered the Battle of Clontarf
Paul MacCotter-The church lands of the diocese of Dublin: reconstruction and history
Niall Ó Súilleabháin-Mormaors, mayors and merchants: the early development of municipal government in Dublin
Grace O’Keeffe-The merchant conquistadors: medieval Bristolians in Dublin
Declan Johnston-Black Monday: the power of myth in medieval Dublin
Bernadette Williams-The arrival of the Dominicans in Ireland in 1224 and the question of Dublin and Drogheda: the sources re-examined
Caoimhe Whelan-James Yonge and the writing of history in late medieval Dublin
John Montague–‘But what about the earlier city?’: John Rocque’s Exact Survey (1756) as a source for medieval Dublin
Linzi Simpson–The priory of All Hallows and the Old College: archaeological investigations in Front Square, Trinity College Dublin
Niall McCullough–Architecture for archaeology and urban context: the Ship Street-Werburgh Street Framework Plan

Published: 12/15/2013
Publisher: Four Courts Press
Reviews:David Dickson on Dublin Review of Books (Nov. 2014) wrote:

'The series remains a rare and welcome cultural phenomenon at a time of dwindling public resources, a worthy advertisement for a great collective endeavour'

Vicky McAlister on Studia Hibernica (2014) wrote:

'The book remains at the vanguard of new developments in the field of Irish medieval studies, especially as it pertains to the history of Ireland’s capital city'