Inaugural lecture - Professor Brendan Smith

Professor of Medieval History Professor Brendan Smith
Department of History (Historical Studies)
This lecture took place on Tuesday 17 March 2015

A passing glance of wonder and pity: reflections on the history of medieval Ireland

Ireland was England’s first colony. The spread of English power and English people throughout the neighbouring island after 1170 inspired a burst of literary activity as contemporaries sought to justify or discredit this colonial venture. This lecture explores what these writings reveal, and conceal, about Ireland’s medieval past.