Statutes of Kilkenny

Statutes Of Kilkenny

Statutes of Kilkenny

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The Statutes of Kilkenny were a series of thirty-five acts passed at Kilkenny in 1366, aiming to curb the decline of the Hiberno-Norman Lordship of Ireland.

Background to the Statutes

By the middle decades of the 13th century, the Hiberno-Norman presence in Ireland was perceived to be under threat, mostly due to the dissolution of English laws and customs among English settlers. These English settlers were described as "more Irish than the Irish themselves", referring to them taking up Irish law, custom, costume and language. The introduction to the text of the statutes claim , by reasserting English culture among the English settlers.

There were also military threats to the Norman presence, such as the failed invasion by Robert Bruce in 1315, which was defended by the Irish...
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