A house transformed, culture and architecture in early modern Offaly

Author(s): James I. Lyttleton

Year: 2013


The degree to which cultural, economic and social change in early modern Ireland was inspired by English colonial models can be questioned, though it is undeniable that material practices were evolving among the native and planter communities under the influence of capitalism, humanism and religious change. Such processes impacted upon both vernacular and formal architecture, with changes in the materials, forms, and layouts of buildings marking the degree to which people of different cultural and social backgrounds were re-evaluating their place in the surrounding world. Utilising various categories of domestic buildings, from the humble farmstead to the elite country house, in a region of the Irish midlands - County Offaly - it is possible to probe into how ethnicity, class, gender and religion evolved in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a process that didn't neccesarily fit in with the coloniser / colonised paradigm.

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A house transformed, culture and architecture in early modern Offaly. James I. Lyttleton. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428299)


Architecture Colonisation Identity

Geographic Keywords
Ireland Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
c.1550 - c.1700

Spatial Coverage

min long: -10.463; min lat: 51.446 ; max long: -6.013; max lat: 55.38 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 374