The Earls of Desmond,
The Rise and Fall of a Munster Lordship,
by Gerald O’Carroll (ISBN 978-0-9547902-3-3, paperback,
containing maps, pedigrees and unpublished images and extensive bibliography). Cost? 15 euros when bought from this site.
“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, Lough Gur)
The southern branch of the FitzGeralds, later the Earls of Desmond, settled Co. Limerick about the year 1200. Their lordship grew to dominate north Munster. They levied tribute on the MacCarthy septs of the south. Their subjugation under Queen Elizabeth brought ruin to the province, yet the Geraldine spirit survived to stiffen resistance in the wars of the seventeenth century and later. “The Geraldines may be considered less as a family than a nation descended from one Patriarch”, wrote Kilkenny antiquarian Rev. J. Graves; and this new book presents extensive genealogies to justify his statement. (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)