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Luxury and Austerity

This collection of essays begins with an examination of the changing theories of luxury and austerity since classical times and other papers apply the theme to the history of Ireland and Britain. These papers were read before the 23rd Irish Conference of Historians in Maynooth, 1997.

268 pages


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Table of Contents

Austerity, necessity and luxury, Christopher, J. Berry the idea of monastic austerity in early Ireland, Colman Etchingham concepts of generosity in early modern England, Felicity Heal "Dives" and Lazarus in 16th-century Ireland, Colm Lennon public and private uses of wealth in Ireland c. 1660 - 1760, Toby Barnard hospitality housekeeping and high living in 18th-century Ireland, L.A. Clarkson matters material and luxurious, 18th and early 9th century Irish linen consumption, Brenda Collins "the whole country was in motion" - mendicancy and vagrancy in pre-famine Ireland, Laurence M. Geary the charities and famine in mid 19th-century Ireland, Tim P. O’Neill Irish presbyterians and the great famine, David W. Miller luxury and austerity, patronage and charity - landlords and a Galway convent in the 19th century, John Maiben Gilmartin Poverty and plenty, the Victorian contrast, Asa Briggs "a living saint if ever there was one" - work, austerity and authority in the lives of Irish women of the house, 1921-1961, Caitriona Clear.

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