Kingship in Ireland and France

Kingship in Ireland and France

The Old Library of the Irish College preserves in literary form a conversation conducted by the Irish about themselves. When analyzing the grave problems faced by the Irish kingdom, Irish intellectuals of the 1600s borrowed extensively from French political philosophy. Humanism was an educational ideology committed to using Latin and Greek to talk about contemporary culture; and this humanism was equally successful in Ireland and France. Similarly, the dominant political ideology of kingship, was common to both the Irish and the French. This exhibition explains the political reasoning of the time through its concrete expression in a selection of books from the Old Library. Curated by Ian Campbell, Research Fellow 2009

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