About

About

MACMORRIS sets out to recover the vibrancy and complexity of Ireland’s transformative years between Henry VIII’s assumption of the kingship of Ireland in 1541 and the Treaty of Limerick in 1691. 

It seeks to represent the dramatic period of conflict, change, and innovation which transformed Ireland. In building a dataset of everyone broadly defined as a ‘cultural actor’ for whom a record survives during that 150-year period, it will provide a research engine for a newly interdisciplinary and multilingual engagement with a period that was, itself, ineluctably plural, linguistically and culturally.

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John Speed, “The Province of Munster”
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MACMORRIS has two main goals:

  1. It will build a dataset of biographical metadata everyone (for whom records exist) active in Ireland between 1541 and 1691. Along with soldiers, administrators, merchants, clergy etc., this dataset will identify cultural producers of all kinds, across languages – poets, pamphleteers, chroniclers, compilers of manuscripts across disciplines; catechists, controversialists, theologians; translators; messengers and interpreters; inventors and innovators; patrons; members of the aois ealadhan (learned class); and those whose existence is revealed or illuminated by those writings.
  2. Focusing on Munster in the period 1569-1607, it will explore how patterns of contiguity, confluence and crossover make Ireland, all at once, a place of deeply embedded cultural traditions, a site of vigorous exchange and, ultimately, the locus of dramatic change over time. We will provide bibliographical and textual material associated with cultural actors in the province. This material will be visualised, using geolocation to map the principal actors in their places of residence and to plot relationships of patronage and exchange.
Image accreditation:
John Speed, “The Province of Munster”
{CC BY-SA 3.0} via davidrumsey.com
Image accreditation:
John Speed, “The Province of Munster”
{CC BY-SA 3.0} via davidrumsey.com