22 May 2012

Medieval Irish Documents are Online

After the Irish Free State was established, a civil war broke out in Ireland over the separation of the northern counties from the Free State.  During this civil war in 1922, Four Courts which houses the written historical records of Ireland was destroyed.  Since that time there has been an attempt to recover what escaped destruction because it was elsewhere or had been copied.  Trinity College, part of the University of Dublin, has been at the heart of this effort and now the World can view what has been recovered online.


The material covers the period from 1244 to 1509.  This is a period that is not well understood.


The link to this online webpage is called: CIRCLE A calendar of Irish Chancery Letters c. 1244 - 1509 at chancery.tcd.ie


Most people of Irish ancestry cannot trace their heritage into this period, but access is free.  Aren't you curious?

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