The archaeology of Kilcolman Castle

Eric Klingelhofer

in Castles and Colonists

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082467
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702505 | DOI:
The archaeology of Kilcolman Castle

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The Elizabethan court poet Edmund Spenser resided at Kilcolman Castle from around 1588 to October 1598, shortly before his death in January 1599. Granted a 3,000 acre estate by Elizabeth, Spenser repaired and improved the castle, a small medieval enclosure on a hilltop overlooking a marshy lake and bog. Its fate was to be burned and abandoned, then later used as a quarry for building stone. Archaeological fieldwork directed by the writer took place at Kilcolman from 1993 to 1996 to determine what evidence still existed for Spenser's occupancy of the castle. The archaeological interpretation in this chapter tries to establish a historical and material context for Spenser's activities and his ideas.

Keywords: Edmund Spenser; Kilcolman Castle; Elizabeth; archaeological interpretation

Chapter.  6879 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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