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The Great Parchment Book of Waterford

Edited by: Niall J Byrne

Preserved in the Waterford Museum of Treasures, the 'Liver Antiquissimus Civitatis Waterfordiae' or the Great Parchment Book of Waterford is an exceptional record of an Irish municipality. Compiled mostly between the mid-fifteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries, it includes copies of records relating to the city of Waterford dating back to the early thirteenth century. It provides, therefore, a detailed account of the history of Waterford from the medieval period through to the turbulent years of the 1640's. Written originally in Norman French, Latin and English, Niall Byrne's edition incorporates English translations of all the texts and thus makes his valuable manuscript accessible to a wide readership for the first time. Of particular interest are the illustrated folios, the most significant of which are reproduced here in full colour. They reveal the disquiet within the municipal community at the religious and political changes of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

ISBN: 978-1-906865-47-4, PP: xxxiii + 300 + 16 colour insert , Cover: Paperback 

Price: €25.00


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