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Dr. Peter Crooks

Associate Professor (History)
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  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
 Beyond 2022: Ireland's Virtual Record Treasury
 Beyond 2022: Ireland's National Memory (PI, Peter Crooks; STEM co-PI, Séamus Lawless)
 The Irish Chancery Project (https://chancery.tcd.ie/)
 'England's First Colony: Power, Conflict and Colonialism in English Ireland, 1361-1460'
 'Tyrannous Constructs' or 'Tools of the Trade'? The Use and Abuse of Concepts in Medieval History

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Details Date
Irish Manuscripts Commission 2021-6
Digital Repository of Ireland, Expert Advisory Group 2021-2
Royal Irish Academy, Historical Studies Committee 2015-2017
History: Journal of the Historical Association. Editorial Advisory Board 2020
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Journal: Advisory Board 2021-
Irish Committee of Historical Sciences, Member 2015-2017
Irish Historical Society (Hon. Treasurer) 2015-20
University of Bristol, International Advisory Board of the Centre for Medieval Studies 2021
Details Date From Date To
Irish Manuscripts Commission, Member 2021 2025
Irish Historical Society (Treasurer) 2015 2020
Marie Curie Alumni Association 2014
Harlaxton Medieval Symposium Steering Committee 2013 2016
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society 2011 -
Friends of Medieval Dublin (Honorary Secretary, 2008-2011) 2007 -
Institute of Historical Research, London 2006 -
Peter Crooks and Tom Mohr, Law and the Idea of Liberty in Ireland: From Magna Carta to the Present, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2023, Notes: [Proceedings of a conference held in Christ Church Cathedral to mark the 800th Anniversary of the transmission of Magna Carta to Ireland. Podcasts of the conference papers are available online http://www.ucd.ie/humanities/events/podcasts/2016/ilhs-magna-carta/], Book, IN_PRESS  URL
The Charter Reforged The Red Book, Materiality and Ireland's Magna Carta in, editor(s)Peter Crooks and Thomas Mohr , Law and the Idea of Liberty in Ireland: From Magna Carta to the Present, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2023, [Peter Crooks], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Taking Liberties: Law and the Idea of Liberty in Ireland in, editor(s)Peter Crooks and Thomas Mohr , Law and the Idea of Liberty in Ireland: From Magna Carta to the Present, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2023, [Peter Crooks and Thomas Mohr], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
'Magna Carta Hiberniae' : The Destroyed Manuscript Witness from the Red Book of the Irish Exchequer Text and Translation in, editor(s)Peter Crooks and Thomas Mohr , Law and the Idea of Liberty in Ireland: From Magna Carta to the Present, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2023, [Peter Crooks], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Peter Crooks and Keith Busby (eds), Philomena Connollyy, The text of the Statutes of Kilkenny, 1366: an unpublished paper by Philomena Connolly (1947-2002), Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Elizabeth Biggs, Peter Crooks, Paul Dryburgh and Lynn Kilgallon (eds), James Lydon, The Irish exchequer in the thirteenth century: an unpublished essay by James F. Lydon (1928-2013), Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Jackson W. Armstrong, Peter Crooks and Andrea Ruddick, Using Concepts in Medieval History: Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1100-1500, 1, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, 10.1007/978-3-030-77280-2pp, Notes: [This book is the first of its kind to engage explicitly with the practice of conceptual history as it relates to the study of the Middle Ages, exploring the pay-offs and pitfalls of using concepts in medieval history. Concepts are indispensable to historians as a means of understanding past societies, but those concepts conjured in an effort to bring order to the infinite complexity of the past have a bad habit of taking on a life of their own and inordinately influencing historical interpretation. The most famous example is 'feudalism', whose fate as a concept is reviewed here by E.A.R. Brown nearly fifty years after her seminal article on the topic. The volume's contributors offer a series of case studies of other concepts - 'colony', 'crisis', 'frontier', 'identity', 'magic', 'networks' and 'politics' - that have been influential, particularly among historians of Britain and Ireland in the later Middle Ages. The book explores the creative friction between historical ideas and analytical categories, and the potential for fresh and meaningful understandings to emerge from their dialogue.], Book, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Colony in, editor(s)Jackson W. Armstrong, Peter Crooks and Andrea Ruddick , Using Concepts in Medieval History: Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1100-1500, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, pp51 - 71, [Peter Crooks], Notes: ['Colony' and 'colonialism' have been identified by a distinguished medievalist as 'two of the most dangerous concepts in historical writing'. Should medievalists then simply eschew the term? This chapter argues that discarding 'colony' as an analytical category would be mistaken. The challenge for the medievalist is, rather, to recover the underlying concepts in the absence of the word. Drawing on evidence from England's late-medieval dominions, this chapter explores the language of plantation, cultivation, and edification which described 'the colonial' in the Middle Ages. The chapter argues that this medieval vocabulary was still familiar to England's sixteenth-century humanists, who merged it with the Roman language of colonia to formulate the first explicit statements of 'colonial theory'.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
"Tyrannous Constructs" or Tools of the Trade? The Use and Abuse of Concepts in Medieval History in, editor(s)Jackson W. Armstrong, Peter Crooks and Andrea Ruddick , Using Concepts in Medieval History: Perspectives on Britain and Ireland, 1100-1500, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, pp3 - 14, [Jackson W. Armstrong, Peter Crooks and Andrea Ruddick], Notes: [Keywords: Concepts, Conceptual History, Wittgenstein, J.G.A. Pocock, Quentin Skinner, R.R. Davies, Susan Reynolds, Medieval History, Lordship, Feudalism, State Abstract: Concepts are indispensable. It is through concepts that humans seek intellectually to control and understand the disposition of the world they experience. But conceptual history and conceptual analysis also have their attendant risks. Concepts conjured up in an effort to bring order to the infinite complexity of the past have a bad habit of taking on a life of their own. As Peggy Brown and Susan Reynolds famously demonstrated in the case of that tyrannous construct, 'feudalism', a tool of the historian's trade can easily turn tyrant. This introductory chapter examines the metahistorical and methodological questions concerning the use and abuse of concepts in medieval history. We explore the creative friction between historical ideas and analytical categories, and the potential for fresh and meaningful understandings to emerge from a dialogue fostered between the two planes of conceptualization. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Retrieved from the rubble: reconstructing Ireland's lost archive in, editor(s)Pamela Murray, Leah Humenuck, William Bennett and Lauren Moon-Schott , Mod Cons: Modern Conservation, Modern Conveniences, Modern Constraints [ICON Book & Paper Group Third Triennial Conference, 2021], London, Archetype Publications, 2022, pp46 - 53, [Zoë Reid, Jessica Baldwin, Peter Crooks, David Brown], Notes: [Archetype Publications in association with ICON: Contemporary Issues in Book and Paper Conservation], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
  

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Peter Crooks, Out of the Ashes, 2018-2021, 2018, Trinity College Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Crooks, Peter; Mohr, Thomas; Marshall, Robert, Law and the Idea of Liberty: From Magna Carta to the Present, 25/26 November 2016, 2016, Christ Church Cathedral, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED
Peter Crooks, Magna Carta in Ireland, The Magna Carta Conference, King's College London / British Library, 17-19 June 2015, 2015, Notes: [http://magnacartaresearch.org/read/conference], Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Peter Crooks, From "Expansion of Europe" to "Hemispheric Interactions": Medieval Rulership in Eurasian Perspective, Medieval Rulership: Symposium in Honour of Seymour Phillips, UCD, 4 December 2015, 2015, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Peter Crooks, David Ditchburn and Seán Duffy, The Irish-Scottish World in the Middle Ages, 18-19 September 2015, In:Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium (TMIS), 2015, Trinity College Dublin , Peter Crooks, David Ditchburn and Seán Duffy, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED
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, PRESENTED
Peter Crooks, Evolution or Revolution: Debating the End of the Middle Ages in Ireland, Washington University in St Louis, April 2013, 2013, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Peter Crooks and Seán Duffy, The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland: The Making of a Myth, September 2013, In:Inaugural Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium (TMIS1), 2013, Trinity College Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED
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

  

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Award Date
Provost's PhD Award 2018
IRC New Horizons Scheme Award (with co-PI Séamus Lawless): €219,992.50 2016-
Long Room Hub Research Incentive Scheme: Tyrannous Constructs or Tools of the Trade. The Use and Abuse of Concepts in Medieval History (€2995) 2015
Irish Research CARA/Marie Curie Postdoctoral Mobility Fellowship (€298,732) 2011
Past and Present Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Historical Research (£26,000) 2006-7
Long Room Hub Research Incentive Scheme: Inaugural Lydon Lectures 2014 (€3950) 2012
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
Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund: Funding for Inaugural Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium on 'The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland', Sept. 2013 (€3000) 2012
Trinity Association and Trusty: Funding for Cataloguing of James F. Lydon Papers now deposited in TCD Manuscripts and Archives Research Library 2014
CISCS Grant in aid of publication of Government, War and Society in Medieval Ireland (€1125) 2008
IRCHSS Thematic Funding for Irish Chancery Project (€285,611.38) 2008-11
Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund: Funding for the Second Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium on 'The Irish-Scottish World in the Middle Ages', Sept. 2015 (€2000) 2014
Gold medal in history, Trinity College Dublin 2002
Grace Lawless Lee Fund: subvention in aid of publication of 'The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland', ed. with S. Duffy (€2,000) 2015
Grace Lawless Lee Fund: Award for 'Law and the Idea of Liberty in Ireland: From Magna Carta to the Twentieth Century (Conference Marking 800th Anniversary of Passage of Magna Carta to Ireland' (€960) 2016
Trinity Long Room Hub Research Incentive Scheme (€3995) 2017
My primary research interest is in Ireland in the period 1171-1541 and, arising from that, in the wider 'English world' or 'Plantagenet empire' of which Ireland formed an integral part. I have published widely on Irish and British medieval Irish history. I am editor of the forthcoming the New Cambridge History of Britain, vol. 2: 1100"1500 (Cambridge University Press). I am Founding Director of the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland, an all-island and international legacy initiative from the Decade of Centenaries to recreate the Public Record Office of Ireland, and its collections, which were destroyed at the outbreak of the Irish Civil War in 1922. I was also the Academic Coordinator of the Trinity Long Room Hub's Multiannual Lecture Series entitled, 'Out of the Ashes: Collective Memory, Cultural Loss and Recovery' (2018 to 2021). Together with Seán Duffy (TCD), I established the Trinity Medieval Ireland Series (Four Courts Press), including a re-issue of the classic essays by Trinity historians Curtis, Otway-Ruthven and Lydon. The fifth volume in the series will be published this year. I am a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission, and am Principal Editor of a 5-volume edition of the Irish Chancery Rolls, c.1300"1500, which will be published by the IMC. A digital Calendar of Irish Chancery Letters, 1244"1509, was launched online in 2012.