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dc.contributor.authorDempsey, Karen
dc.identifier.citationDempsey, Karen. (2017). Understanding ‘Hall-Houses’: Debating Seigneurial Buildings in Ireland in the 13th Century. Medieval Archaeology, 61(2), 372-399. doi: 10.1080/00766097.2017.1375183en_IE
dc.description.abstractTHE SEIGNURIAL HALL and chamber have been assumed, in both Britain and Ireland, to be typically located in the only building to generally survive on medieval residential sites. In England this idea has seen some revision, but in Ireland there has been little recent scholarship on medieval residential spaces. As a consequence, the term 'hall-house' is still used by Irish scholars as a label for some two-storey, 13th-century buildings, providing both a description and interpretation. The inference is that these buildings acted as both halls and elite residences at the same time during the High to Late Middle Ages. This contradicts what we know of the complex social codes of the time. Drawing on new empirical research, this article challenges the 'hall-house' classification, and explores different ways in which the spaces of these Irish medieval buildings can be better understood.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was conducted as part of a PhD project completed at University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, and funded by the Irish Research Council. The article has benefitted from the expertise and input of Professor Tadhg O’Keeffe, Dr Rob Sands, Conor McDermott and Dr Neil Carlin. Thanks to Dr Seamús Ó Murchú for his assistance in map making. I would like to thank the landowners who gave permission for access for the surveys.en_IE
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofMedieval Archaeologyen
dc.subjectSeigneurial Buildingsen_IE
dc.titleUnderstanding 'Hall-Houses': Debating Seigneurial buildings in Ireland in the 13th centuryen_IE
dc.contributor.funderIrish Research Councilen_IE
dc.local.contactKaren Dempsey. Email:

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