Tales of Medieval Dublin

Walking through Dublin Castle or along the surviving medieval city walls, you can see only glimpses of what it would have been like to live in the city centuries ago. Tales of medieval Dublin provides a chance for modern audiences to meet the Irish, Norse and English men and women who lived in this colourful medieval city, and to hear their fascinating stories. While providing the most up-to-date research, these fourteen tales are written to appeal to anyone interested in the city’s past. They span almost 1,000 years of Dublin’s history and trace the lives of warriors, churchmen, queens, bards and barons, as well as those individuals who are so often ignored in the historical record, like housewives, tax collectors, masons, lawyers, notaries, peasants and slaves. This volume serves both as a history of the medieval city, and as a window into the day-to-day lives of the men and women who lived there.


Tales of medieval DublinCONTENTS:

Seán Duffy | The Abbot’s Tale
Linzi Simpson, The Skeleton’s Tale
Poul Holm | The Slave’s Tale
Howard B. Clarke | The Mother’s Tale
Cherie N. Peters | The Farmer’s Tale
Áine Foley | The Tax Collector’s Tale
Margaret Murphy | The Archdeacon’s Tale
Edward Coleman | The Crusader’s Tale
Gillian Kenny | The Wife’s Tale
Michael O’Neill | The Mason’s Tale
Caoimhe Whelan | The Notary’s Tale
Sparky Booker | The Knight’s Tale
Colm Lennon | The Man of Law’s Tale
Katharine Simms | The Poet’s Tale


The Tales of Medieval Dublin was launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke in November 2014. Thanks to everyone who came to all of the lectures and supported this publication.