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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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The archaeology of Kilcolman Castle

The archaeology of Kilcolman Castle

(p.109) 5 The archaeology of Kilcolman Castle
Castles and Colonists

Eric Klingelhofer

Manchester University Press

The Elizabethan court poet Edmund Spenser resided at Kilcolman Castle from around 1588 to October 1598, shortly before his death in January 1599. Granted a 3,000 acre estate by Elizabeth, Spenser repaired and improved the castle, a small medieval enclosure on a hilltop overlooking a marshy lake and bog. Its fate was to be burned and abandoned, then later used as a quarry for building stone. Archaeological fieldwork directed by the writer took place at Kilcolman from 1993 to 1996 to determine what evidence still existed for Spenser's occupancy of the castle. The archaeological interpretation in this chapter tries to establish a historical and material context for Spenser's activities and his ideas.

Keywords:   Edmund Spenser, Kilcolman Castle, Elizabeth, archaeological interpretation

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