Four Courts Press 
New Catalogue
October 2005
85/65/$85 hbk

A Star Chamber court in Ireland: the Court of Castle Chamber, 1571-1641


Jon Crawford follows his Anglicizing the government of Ireland (1993) with this meticulous and comprehensive account of the workings of the tribunal that was the exact equivalent of its English counterpart - Star Chamber. The varying fortunes of the court under successive Irish chief governors from Henry Sidney down to Thomas Wentworth are examined in detail, the political context in all instances being carefully explained and shrewdly analyzed.

The volume is enhanced by a transcript of the surviving entry book. Further appendices treat of manuscript sources in Trinity College Dublin, not previously published, which help to fill in the lacunae in coverage of the court's activities after 1620. This is a major contribution to our understanding of governance in Ireland under Elizabeth I and her two successors.

Also in the Irish Legal History History Society series

A.R. Hart, A history of the king's serjeants at law in Ireland: honour rather than advantage?

Éanna Hickey, Irish law and lawyers in modern folk tradition

Desmond Greer & Norma Dawson (eds), Mysteries and solutions in Irish legal history

Desmond Greer & James W. Nicolson, The Factory Acts in Ireland, 1802-1914

Colum Kenny, King's Inns and the battle of the books, 1972

Mary Kotsonouris, The winding up of the Dáil Courts, 1922-5

Wigs and guns: Irish barristers and the Great War (November 2005)

Adventures of the law: papers delivered at the British & Irish Legal History Conference 2003 (July 2005)

Jon G. Crawford is director of International Education at Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia.

640pp October 2005