Raphael Holinshed (c. 1525-c. 1580) is best known for his work on Reyner Wolf’s (unfulfilled) plan for ‘a universal cosmographie’, an extensive study of world history and geography, accompanied with maps, that was to greatly inform and shape contemporary perceptions of human society. While this planned ‘cosmographie’ never reached fruition, an abridged version in the form of Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland, was first published in 1577.
While we do not share such grand ambitions, what we aim to achieve with this history blog is to present relatively short articles of historical interest in the hope of generating discussion and debate among our readers. Our target audience is simply anyone with an interest in history. While we are all current or former PhD candidates based at the Department of History, NUI Maynooth, the blog will not be overwhelmingly academic. The blog will report on history talks and conferences; publicise forthcoming events of a historical nature; review books and museums. In this light, we welcome submissions from anyone with an interest in history. Reflecting the scope of Holinshed’s Chronicles four and a half centuries ago, as well as the research interests of the four editors, Holinshed Revisited will aim cater for those whose enthusiasm for history extends beyond Ireland. British, European and international history enthusiasts and interests are very much welcome here.
Following completion of my undergraduate degree in 2009 I remained in NUI Maynooth to complete my PhD in international history. My thesis covered the final years of the League of Nations. It chronicled the efforts of the League’s last secretary-general, Irishman Seán Lester, to preserve a working nucleus of international cooperation during the stormy years of the Second World War. My PhD was completed in 2013 following extensive research in archives and libraries in Dublin, London, Paris and Geneva and was funded by the National University of Ireland’s Postgraduate Travelling Studentship Award. I have contributed to and taught on a range of third level modules for the Departments of History and Adult Learning, NUI Maynooth. I currently work in the Learning and Outreach Department of the National Library of Ireland.
Adrian James Kirwan
My research focuses on the interaction between society, science and technology. My current project looks at the development and impacts of optical and electric communication in Ireland over the course of the long nineteenth-century.
I am in the third-year of a PhD at the Department of History, NUI Maynooth. My thesis, which is funded by the Irish Research Council and supervised by Dr Jacinta Prunty, examines the approaches of charities and churches in nineteenth-century Ireland to begging and alms-giving. I hold a BA and H. Dip. in Irish History from NUIM, and a MA in the Social and Cultural History of Medicine from UCD. From Lucan, County Dublin, I worked as a journalist for a number of years before commencing my doctoral research. Since February 2013, I have served as an assistant editor of Irish History Online.
David Collins (Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Maynooth University), co-editor June 2014-February 2016.