Scots, Castilians, and other enemies: piracy in the Late Medieval Irish Sea world

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Recent decades have witnessed a growing interest in Ireland’s maritime heritage. Little attention, by comparison, has been devoted to exploring the problem of piracy in this period. For instance, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries not only witnessed a rise in attacks by Gaelic Irish marauders on English settlements in
Ireland, the period also saw French, Scottish, and Castilian rovers raid English holdings from Ulster to Kinsale. This chapter explores the factors precipitating the rise in marine predation during this period. In particular, it considers the range of different contexts for piracy in this period and explores the economic and plunder-based reasons for piracy as well as the wider context of the Hundred
Years War and French and Scottish attempts to open new military fronts against the English in Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe problem of piracy: the problem of piracy in the Early Modern World: maritime predation, empire, and the construction of authority at sea
EditorsDavid Wilson, Nathan Kwan, John Coakley
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
ISBN (Print)9789463720960
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2024


  • Gaelic Ireland
  • Fishing
  • Piracy
  • Hundred Years War
  • Maritime History
  • Irish Sea World


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