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Definitive edition of the correspondence of James Ussher - 20/01/2015
Pictured right is the editor of the forthcoming edition The correspondence of James Ussher, 1600-1656, Dr Elizabethanne Boran, making the final checks on her page proofs before this edition goes to press. Printed in three volumes this edition brings together the correspondence of one of the most influential intellectuals of early modern Europe over a 50 year period. The range of his achievements was extraordinary—spanning the Bible, theology, patristics, Irish history, ancient history, ancient languages, chronology, and the calendar. He maintained an interest in oriental languages and manuscripts throughout his life and purchased eastern materials via agents in Aleppo and elsewhere. This edition will be available for purchase in early March 2015.


Latest Calendar of State Papers, Ireland volume - 15/01/2015
The latest volume in the Calendar of State Paper, Ireland, New Series, has just been published. Covering the period from 1547 to 1553, this volume calendars material in the National Archives in London relating to policy towards Ireland and its governance in the mid-Tudor period when Edward VI was king. The state papers reveal how the institutions of central government were extended into the provinces as well as details about life in the towns and communities of Ireland. More details and a preview are available here. Other calendars in this series covering the reign of Elizabeth I from 1566-1567 and 1568-1571 are also available to purchase.


Coming shortly, edition of 16th century Irish campaign journals - 09/01/2015
The Irish Manuscripts Commission is delighted to announce the imminent publication of David Edwards' edition of 19 campaign journals dating from 1557 to 1599. This edition reproduces from various journals and diaries details of crown military operations in Tudor Ireland. Covering much of Ireland from Rathlin Island to Munster, the journals kept by commanding officers in the field regularly include unusual details of contemporary life in addition to their strictly military content, such as observations of English fishing boats off the north Mayo coast, or notes about unusual stillborn babies in Wicklow, or the overwrought state of some commanders in Desmond territory. By any measure, these journals are of importance in the history of the Elizabethan conquest of Ireland recording as they do the royal expeditions into central and north-east Ulster against Shane O’Neill and the Antrim MacDonnells with which Elizabeth I’s reign commenced; the Munster operations against James FitzMaurice and the earl of Desmond that occupied successive administrations during the middle years of the queen’s reign; the conflict in Connacht with the Clanricarde and Mayo Burkes that followed; and, lastly, the numerous ‘hostings’ and ‘journeys’ undertaken to combat the turmoil sparked by Tyrone’s rebellion and Spanish invasion plans in the final years of the reign.

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