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Dr. Peter Crooks

Research Fellow (History)

  Anglo-Irish relations   Aristocracy   Comparative history of empires   Conflict and Dispute Resolution   Cultural Identity   Ethnic Studies   Late medieval England   Late Medieval Ireland, 1166-1534   Medieval Britain   Medieval Colonialism and Imperialism   Medieval Ireland   Parliament   Political Culture
 The Irish Chancery Project (
 'England's First Colony: Power, Conflict and Colonialism in English Ireland, 1361-1460'

Details Date From Date To
Irish Historical Society (Treasurer) 2015
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society 2011 -
Friends of Medieval Dublin (Honorary Secretary, 2008-2011) 2007 -
Institute of Historical Research, London 2006 -
Scottish Medievalists 2008
Comital Ireland, 1333-1534 in, editor(s)David Crouch and Hugh Doherty , The earl in medieval Britain, Woodbridge, Boydell and Brewer, 2016, [Peter Crooks], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
The structure of politics in theory and practice: colonial Ireland, c.1210-1541 in, editor(s)Brendan Smith , The Cambridge History of Ireland, vol. 1: Medieval Ireland, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2016, [Peter Crooks], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Peter Crooks and Seán Duffy, The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland: The Making of a Myth, 1, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2015, Notes: [], Book, IN_PRESS  URL
James the Usurper of Desmond and the origins of the Talbot-Ormond feud in, editor(s)Seán Duffy , Princes, prelates and poets in medieval Ireland: essays in honour of Katharine Simms, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2013, pp159 - 184, [Peter Crooks], Notes: [includes editions of East Riding of Yorkshire County Record Office (Beverley), DDX 152/50; British Library, Cotton Titus B XI, nos. 31 and 46; National Archives of the U.K., PRO SC 1/43/176.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
'Reconstructing the past: the case of the medieval Irish chancery rolls' in, editor(s)Felix M. Larkin and N.M. Dawson , Lawyers, the Law and History: Irish legal History Society Discourses and Other Papers, 2006-2011, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2013, pp281 - 309, [Peter Crooks], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Peter Crooks, Constructing a "laboratory for empire": colonial Ireland from the Statute of Kilkenny to Poynings Law, SHISO [Japanese Intellectual Journal], 1063, 2012, p9 - 43, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Peter Crooks, "Framing" the Anglo-Norman Invasion: Robin Frame on medieval Irish history and why it matters, History Ireland, 20, (3), 2012, p16 - 17, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Peter Crooks, CIRCLE: A Calendar of Irish Chancery Letters, c.1244-1509, 2012, -, Notes: [CIRCLE is a major new internet resource containing 20,000 reconstructed letters from the medieval Irish chancery rolls. The original rolls were destroyed in an explosion and fire at the Public Record Office of Ireland at the Four Courts, Dublin, on 30 June 1922. A printed edition will be published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission.], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED  URL  URL
Peter Crooks, 'State of the Union: Perspectives on English Imperialism in the Late Middle Ages', Past and Present, no. 212, (Aug.), 2011, p1 - 40, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Peter Crooks, 'The past as a bucket of ashes? CIRCLE: A Calendar of Irish Chancery Letters, c. 1244-1509', History Ireland, 19, (4), 2011, p16 - 18, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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Peter Crooks, The 'first English empire' and the brittleness of bureaucracy', University of Bristol History Departmental Seminar, University of Bristol, 14 October 2014, 2014, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Peter Crooks, David Green, W. Mark Ormrod, The Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1453: The Harlaxton Medieval Symposium 2014, July 2014, 2014, Harlaxton College, Grantham, Notes: [Speakers: Jackson Armstrong . Michael Bennett . Françoise Bériac-Lainé . Steve Boardman . Michael Brown . Godfried Croenen . Anne Curry . Gwilym Dodd . Seán Duffy, Peter Fleming . Helen Fulton . Jean-Philippe Genet . Serge Lusignan . Jessica Lutkin . Julian Luxford . Rachel Moss . Joel Rosenthal . Andrea Ruddick . Len Scales . Brendan Smith . Craig Taylor . John Watts . Kim Woods ], Meetings /Conferences Organised, IN_PRESS
Peter Crooks and Seán Duffy, The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland: The Making of a Myth, September 2013, In:The First Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium (TMIS1), 2013, Trinity College Dublin, Notes: [Proceedings of TMIS1 are forthcoming with Four Courts Press 2015.], Meetings /Conferences Organised, IN_PRESS
Peter Crooks, Before Humpty Dumpty: England and its Empire in the Late Middle Ages, New Angles on Empire: Global and Imperial History Trinity Term Workshop, University of Oxford: History Faculty, 11 May 2012, 2012, James Belich, John Darwin, Jan-Georg Deutsch, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Peter Crooks, EMPIRES & BUREAUCRACY: A Colloquium exploring the comparative history of European empires from Late Antiquity to the Modern World, 16-18 June 2011, 2011, Trinity College, Dublin, Peter Crooks, Notes: [Speakers include: Bernard Bachrach, Minnesota . David S. Bachrach, New Hampshire . Michael Broers, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford . Nicholas Canny, University College Galway . Fred Cooper, New York University . John Darwin, Nuffield College, Oxford . Patricia Ebrey, University of Washington . John Gillingham, London School of Economics . Chris Given-Wilson, St Andrews . Jack P. Greene, Johns Hopkins. John Haldon, Princeton University . István Kristó-Nagy, Exeter . Timothy Parsons, Washington University in St Louis . Len Scales, Durham . George Steinmetz, Michigan . Chris Storrs, Dundee . Michael Whitby, Birmingham . Sam Whimster, Editor Max Weber Studies], Meetings /Conferences Organised, ACCEPTED
Peter Crooks, Crossing the race line in medieval Ireland: charters of English law in context, 2011, Notes: [Presented in Trinity College Dublin, St Andrews University and to the Irish Historical Society.], Working Paper, PRESENTED
Peter Crooks, "The Exercise of Power": Late Medieval Ireland through Scottish Spectacles, University of Edinburgh, Department of History Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, Spring 2009, 2009, School of History, University of Edinburgh, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Peter Crooks, Reconstructing the Past: Later Medieval Ireland and the Irish Chancery Project, UCD School of History and Archives Research Forum, Autumn 2008, University College, Dublin, 4 November, 2008, UCD School of History and Archives Research Forum, Autumn 2008, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Peter James Crooks, Factionalism and noble power in English Ireland, c 1361-1423, Trinity College Dublin, 2007, Thesis, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Irish Research CARA/Marie Curie Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowship 2011
Past and Present Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IHR 2006-07
Grace Lawless Lee Fund, TCD 2006
Denis Bethell Memorial Essay Prize, The Charles Homer Haskins Society 2005
James Ussher Research Fellowship, Trinity College, Dublin 2002-05
Gold medal in history, Trinity College Dublin 2002
Peter is a specialist on the history of the medieval British Isles, and in particular Ireland in the later Middle Ages (1171-1541). His articles have appeared in Past and Present and the English Historical Review. At present he is writing a monograph entitled England's First Colony: Power, Conflict and Colonialism in English Ireland, 1361-1460. From 2008 to 2011 Peter was deputy director of the Irish Chancery Project, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The project seeks to reconstruct the letters of the medieval Irish chancery which were destroyed in a fire at the Public Record Office of Ireland in 1922. The principal output of the project is CIRCLE: A Calendar of Irish Chancery Letters, c.1244-1509 ( The calendar, which is free to access, contains over 20,000 letters and ancillary information. Peter is also a student of the diachronic history of colonialism and empire. A major collection of essays entitled 'Empires and Bureaucracy from Late Antiquity to the Twentieth Century', which he is co-editing with Timothy H. Parsons (Washington in St Louis), will appear in 2015.