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Nugents of Westmeath and Queen Elizabeth's Irish Primer (Paperback) (Denis Casey)

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This is the first in-depth study of the oldest surviving 'beginner's guide' to the Irish language. Christopher Nugent, baron of Delvin, presented Queen Elizabeth I with an Irish language primer in 1564, which he produced while he was a student at the University of Cambridge. Although of limited practical use for learning Irish, the primer was nonetheless a landmark in the history of the Irish language and Anglo-Irish cultural relations, which has remained largely unexplored until now. This study locates the primer within a variety of contexts, including Christopher Nugent's Anglo-Irish background, the medieval Irish grammatical tradition, Renaissance second-language teaching, and English attitudes to Irish culture in the sixteenth century. It also offers the first-ever detailed analysis of the contents of the primer and highlights its possible indebtedness to a pre-print version of the Aibidil Gaoidheilge & Caiticiosma (1571) of Nugent's Cambridge contemporary, Seaán � Cearnaigh. The links between the writings of Nugent (an Anglo-Irish Catholic) and � Cearnaigh (a Gaelic-Irish Protestant) highlight the religious and cultural complexity of the time and help make the primer a compelling object of study. (Series: Maynooth Studies in Local History) [Subject: Tudor History, Irish History, Westmeath, Cultural Studies, Ireland]
Number of Pages: 64
Genre: History
Series Title: Maynooth Studies in Local History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Services
Author: Denis Casey
Language: English
Street Date: September 30, 2016
TCIN: 51754823
UPC: 9781846826085
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-6193
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