John Watt shows how the history of medieval Ireland was largely shaped by the friction, sometimes violent, of two cultures.
The reform of the Church in the 12th century
the papacy, Henry II and the Irish Church
religious orders, 1127-1340
changing episcopate in the 13th century
the rule of law
the century before the Reformation
"This will prove essential for anyone studying the religious foundations of Irish history and Ireland's evolving relationship with the English."
The Bookwatch Dec 1998