The Earls of Desmond,
the Rise and Fall of a Munster Lordship,
by Gerald O’Carroll,
(containing maps, pedigrees and unpublished images and extensive bibliography)
“The Geraldines may be considered less as a family than a nation descended from one Patriarch”, wrote Kilkenny antiquarian Rev. J. Graves. He meant all the FitzGeralds, and not just the southern FitzGeralds who became Earls of Desmond in 1329 and survived as such until the decapitation of the last reigning Earl near Tralee in 1583.
“At last the complicated history of the Earls of Desmond has been unravelled into a readable format. Superbly researched and written, Gerald O’Carroll’s work is a resource of excellence for students of medieval Ireland, young and old.” (Michael Quinlan, historian and teacher, Lough Gur)