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Castles and ColonistsAn Archaeology of Elizabethan Ireland$
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Eric Klingelhofer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082467

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082467.001.0001

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Vernacular architecture

Vernacular architecture

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(p.86) 4 Vernacular architecture
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Castles and Colonists
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Eric Klingelhofer

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082467.003.0005

This chapter considers how architectural developments reflected political and social changes in the last generations of Irish autonomy. It analyzes architectural types and techniques associated with the late Elizabethan colonization of Munster, which may be applicable to early modern Ireland in general. The chapter concludes with a study of the tower-house, which was used widely by both Irish aristocracy and English colonial landowners. A key period in Irish history, the reign of Elizabeth began with a medieval, semi-feudal society and ended with a central state authority and displaced populations.

Keywords:   architectural developments, Irish history, tower-house, Irish autonomy, Elizabeth's reign

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