Medieval Dublin: the making of a metropolis

A border-post at a major river crossing, a monastic settlement complete with round tower, a pirates’ lair dependent upon a thriving if brutal slave trade, an emergent town ransacked periodically by its Irish neighbours, the chief settlement of an east-coast kingdom extending from Skerries to Arklow, a colonial outpost of men of Bristol, a rapidly expanding municipality headed by a mayor, the effective capital of an English overseas colony, the principal focus of loyalty to the Crown in a beleaguered Pale – these are some of the many aspects presented by medieval Dublin. Among the most important are the Scandinavian kingdom, when Dublin first achieved international fame, and the English capital when the city began to see itself as a metropolis.



Anngret Simms, ‘Medieval Dublin in a European context: from proto-town to chartered town’
Howard Clarke, ‘The topographical development of early medieval Dublin’
Patrick F. Wallace, ‘The origins of Dublin’
Edmund Curtis, ‘Norse Dublin’
John Ryan, ‘Pre-Norman Dublin’
Valentine Jackson, ‘The inception of the Dodder water supply’
Nuala Burke, ‘Dublin’s north-eastern city wall: early reclamation and development at the Poddle-Liffey confluence’
Breandán Ó Ríordáin, ‘The High Street excavations’
Thomas Drew, ‘The ancient chapter-house of the priory of the Holy Trinity, Dublin’
Patrick Healy, ‘The town walls of Dublin’
J.B. Maguire, ‘Seventeenth-century plans of Dublin Castle’
Roger Stalley, ‘The medieval sculpture of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin’
H.J. Lawlor, ‘The monuments of the pre-Reformation archbishops of Dublin’
H.S. Crawford, ‘The market cross of Dublin’