Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, Volume XX: The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Ireland Comprising an Essay on the Origin and Uses of the Round Towers of Ireland

George Petrie

Published by M. H. Gill, 1845
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Includes: illustrations, diagrams, index. Throughout the 1840s, amateur local archaeologists, under the influence of the noted Cork antiquarian John Windele, excavated at about eight round towers, including Roscrea. Finding skeletal remains at all of them, they surmised that their primary purpose was sepulchral: that they were grave markers for great people. Against the backdrop of these arguments, the 1830s brought seminal research to the study of round towers. For some time the Royal Irish Academy decided to sponsor a competition for the best work about their origins and uses. The gold medal and £50 prize were won by George Petrie for The Origins and Uses of the Round Towers of Ireland, a paper he delivered to the academy in 1833. Petrie undertook a detailed and painstaking rebuttal, indeed demolition, of the supposed evidence of the fanciful theories. He placed the towers firmly in an ecclesiastic and monastic context. They are without a single exception, he wrote, found near old churches, or where churches are known to have existed. from and article by George Cunningham for the Irish Times Jun 28, 2014, Very good. moderate shelfwear, mild foxing to first few pages, po name (vintage) 1x5 inch dampstain along the bottom of the book, not visible on the outside, book has been restored using as much of the original material, photos? just ask. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, ...
Publisher: M. H. Gill
Publication Date: 1845
Binding: 3/4 leather
Edition: First edition..

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