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The purpose of this book is to use 16th century sources to provide in a single volume the most comprehensive and accurate description so far available of 16th century Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic dress. Accordingly, this book presents and examines the watercolors, woodcuts, and manuscript illuminations of Lucas de Heere, Albrecht Dürer, the Ashmoleum Museum, Raphael Holinshed, John Derrick, and more. It also presents and examines the reports on Gaelic dress written in the 16th century by Nicolay d'Arfeville, John Lesley, Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie, John Major, Jean de Beaugué, George Buchanan, Lughaidh Ó Cléirigh, and William Camden. As a result of this extensive process of compilation and analysis, the author specifically identifies the most accurate 16th century illustrations of Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic dress. He also presents damning evidence that the most widespread images (and long considered the most important images) of 16th century Irish men and women are, to a large degree, a fraud perpetrated by a single 16th century propagandist. Physical description: the Deluxe Paperback Edition of 106 pages, 8 X 10 inch format, including 47 illustrations of which 22 are in full color.
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A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School, Jerry Kelly is a former Adjunct Professor of Irish Language and Culture at Fordham University. His coursework at Yale and Harvard included Celtic linguistics, archaeology of the Western world and the Middle East, Old Irish, Minoan & Mycenaean archaeology, Modern Irish, the Indo-European expansion and its mythology, Celtic mythology, classical civilization including Greek and Roman religion and Homeric epic, and the early modern history of England and Celtic Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. His favorite areas of research include the Irish in Colonial America, advanced Irish grammar, and Seanchas. Until the 17th century, Seanchas was the indivisible combination of Brehon law, history, and genealogy as applied to Irish clans and tribes. He taught Irish on behalf of The Irish Arts Center in New York from 1979 to 1981; plus mythology and Seanchas through the medium of the Irish Language at Scoil Ghaeilge Ghearóid Tóibín / The Gerry Tobin Irish Language School from 1989 to 2007; and Irish Language and Culture at Fordham from 2008 to 2010. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Irish Institute of Molloy College, teaches Irish on behalf of Cumann Carad na Gaeilge / The Philo-Celtic Society (www.philo-celtic.com), writes the Seanchas column for the Irish Language magazine AN GAEL, and is a member of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the American Irish Teachers' Association. He is also the author of The Ancient Celtic Ancestry of the O'Brien Family (Druid Press, 2010).
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