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'How shall they hear? Sermons and addresses by Robert MacCarthy

Dean MacCarthy's book has taught me much that I did not know, and that I suspect many of his readers did not know - not least, about Irish history and church history. But some of these 'sermons and addresses' are more like lectures-and they are fascinating lectures-than they are like sermons and addresses.

There is nothing in this book which is not thoughtful-about theology and history, the Bible and the gospel-and thought-provoking … this very Irish book of sermons and addresses is redolent of the best of the Church of Ireland' Eric James, Church Times.

Preaching, politics and poetry in late medieval England. Alan J. Fletcher.

'Fletcher's work is meticulously researched and it is good to have his thoughts on Chaucer and preaching collected into a coherent whole.' Years Work in English Studies, Volume 80, Number 4, 2002

When Hope and History Rhyme. Ruth Curtis ed.

' a series of 'millennium' lectures … the full texts of which - remarkably short - are nicely reproduced on these elegant pages, together with colour photographs from the occasions. Dressed up as a keepsake, these texts are fascinating, entertaining and informative as well as of historical significance. Books Ireland, May 2002

Imogen Stuart: Sculptor. Brian Fallon.

'Her whole career is reviewed in this beautifully illustrated book … Her sculpture, even the smallest, is always true to its context whether this is described or not, just as her art has always been true to the deeply held tenets of her life.' Hilary Pyle, The Irish Times, April 2002

Religion Politics and Violence in Nineteenth-Century Belfast: the Pound and Sandy Row Catherine Hirst.

'Hirst undertook painstaking historical research to find out the reasons behind the violence, and her book constitutes an absorbing exploration of the dynamics of sectarian conflict on a local level … For anyone seeking an understanding of why sectarian tension is such a central feature of Belfast's recent history, this fascinating book will provide a compelling account of the historical background.' Dr Enda Delaney, Sunday Business Post, April 14 2002

The Lost Tradition: Middle English Alliterative Poetry. John Scattergood.

'…This collection is rich at many levels. The essays are well written and based on wide and reliable scholarship … the alliterative poets considered here rub shoulders not just with Levi-Strauss but with the cast of Il Postino.' Julia Boffey, Notes and Queries, March 2002

The Lost Tradition: Middle English Alliterative Poetry. John Scattergood.

' … John Scattergood's excellent book .… Scattergood's deep learning and practised stylistic governance guarantee the strength and pleasure of the book …. Almost all of these essays, and certainly each of the newly published pieces, are major contributions …. this collection represents the work of a scholar of great authority who continues to publish work of commanding depth and breadth. ' James Simpson, Review of English Studies, Vol 53, number 209, 2002

Anglo-Saxon Appetites: food and drink and their consumption in Old English and related literature. Hugh Magennis.

' … satisfying answers he provides, in straightforward and uncluttered prose … ' Years Work in English Studies, Volume 80, Number 4, 2002


The Siege of Jerusalem in its Physical, Literary and Historical contexts
. Bonnie Millar.

'It is difficult to imagine a more detailed study than this is …' Corinne Saunders, Notes and Queries, March 2002.

The Fortunes of a Norman Family: the de Verduns in England, Ireland and Wales. Mark Hagger.

'Mark Hagger's book is a wecome addition to the small body of literature on those families of norman origin … The strengths of Hagger's book lie in its intelligent use of charter evidence to illuminate aspects of the families relationships with its tenants and neighbours, and its clear and convincing analysis of the economic fortunes of the family in both Britain and Ireland. It will be essential reading for scholars interested in aristocratic history in either island, or both.' Brendan Smith, Peritia. (15) 2001.