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A Social History of Ancient Ireland
A Social History of Ancient Ireland
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A Social History of
Ancient Ireland

Excellent, clean, unread condition. 2 volume set complete. subject:Irish History, tradition, customs, legend, indexed, 350 illustrations , sources, hardbound, gold stamped, approx. 1318 pages.

“The Social History of Ancient Ireland” by P.W. Joyce. The classic work. This is one of the best references sources ever produced on Ireland. This "One treasured set of books brought together all that was known on the subject of ancient Ireland. Every source of information was tapped”. (Over 376 specific source documents are noted in volume two alone!)

The most comprehensive work by any scholar of the day - It deals with every conceivable area the author could uncover. Joyce gave exact references for all statements of importance found in this magnificent document.

This most valuable edition is the one published by Joyce after 10 years of intense review. He had 'carefully reread and reconsidered every sentence in the book' and made what few changes and corrections were necessary.
Virtually every topic known is covered here, including those of: Government- Military - Laws -Religion- Learning - Art - Trades - Legends- Manners -Customs - The Heroic Sagas & Everyday Life of the Irish People. No matter what your interest, this book will expand your knowledge of Ireland and its history.

I cannot list all of the topics here, but a few of the subject headings for each volume are as follows:
Volume 1
Brehon Laws
Irish Language
Romantic Tales
Art & Music

Volume 2
The Family
Irish Names
House & Food
Personal Dress
Sports, Fairs
Social Customs
Death & Burial

About the Author Patrick Weston Joyce (1827-1914). Pat grew up around Glenosheen, in County Limerick, Ireland. In 1903 at Lyre-na-Grena, Leinster-road, in Rathmines, Dublin, Patrick Weston Joyce, Doctor of Laws, wrote “A Social History of Ancient Ireland” treating of the Government, Military System, and Law; Religion, Learning, and Art; Trades, Industries, and Commerce; Manners, Customs, and Domestic Life, of the Ancient Irish People. (That is a mouthful, but deservedly so. The 2 volume set is a tremendous collection of information.). At that time, it is noted, he was one of the commissioners for the Publication of the Ancient Laws of Ireland.
Researchers will soon become familiar with his works. The Irish Genealogical Foundation published the second edition (1913) of “A Social History of Ancient Ireland” in 1997. ©2006 I.G.F., IrishRootsCafe.

The Final Word New. Both hardbound volumes have thread sewn bindings for generations of use! 1,318 pages, over 350 illustrations, well indexed, 6 x 9 size. by P.W. Joyce. Complete 2 volume set. You can learn more about the author in the Irish Roots Cafe, here at

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