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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1604: Violence, Conflict, and Negotiation in Medieval Ireland and Britain, IV: Gentry Violence, Parliament, and Intermarriage

Thursday 7 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Organiser:Áine Foley, Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Paul R. Dryburgh, The National Archives, London
Paper 1604-aPolitics by Other Means: Gentry Violence in 15th-Century Ireland
(Language: English)
Brian Coleman, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1604-bNegotiated Authorities in Ireland and Britain: Parliamentary Discourse in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Lynn Kilgallon, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1604-cIntermarriage in Colonial Ireland: Past Interpretations and Future Questions
(Language: English)
Freya Verstraten Veach, Department of History, University of Hull
Index terms: Gender Studies, Women's Studies

The first paper will explore the involvement of the English gentry of Ireland in the constant, small-scale warfare endemic to 15th-century Ireland, and consider how gentry families used violence and conflict to secure or advance their position in society. The second paper will compare and discuss how the 'language of community' was used in Irish and British parliaments to negotiate power and authority in the 15th century. The final paper will examine and critically assess the assumptions made by commentators and historians on the phenomenon of intermarriage in colonial Ireland. Historical research has offered new insights and more nuanced opinions, but there is still much to gain from close investigation into intermarriage. Therefore, several lines of new inquiry will be suggested.