Margaret MacCurtain


1929- [Sr. Benvenuta; fam. ‘Sister Ben’]; Irish nun and feminist historian; doctorate in early modern Irish history, UCD 1963; issued with Mark Tierney, The Birth of Modern Ireland (1969); gen. ed., [with James Lyden], The Gill History of Ireland (1972- ); also Tudor and Stuart Ireland (1972); subsequent writings incl. women and the vote, women and revolution, marriage in Tudor Ireland; female spirituality; moving statues (1987); Molly Macree, memory, grief, and language.

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Monographs, with Mark Tierney, The Birth of Modern Ireland (1969), and Do. [in Irish], trans. Tomás F. Mac Anna agus Seán Mac Phaídín (1979); Tudor and Stuart Ireland ([Gill History of Ireland, 7] (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1972), 212pp., ill. [maps.]; with Donncha Ó’Corrain, eds., Women in Irish Society: The Historical Dimension [Contributions in women’s studies, 11] (Conn: Greenwood 1979), 125pp.; with Mary O’Dowd, eds., Women in Early Modern Ireland (Dublin: Wolfhound Press 1991), vi, 340pp., ill. [18pp. of pls.]; with Suellen Hoy, From Dublin to New Orleans: Nora and Alice’s Journey to America 1889 (1994); Ariadne’s Thread: Writing Women into Irish History (Dublin: Arlen House 2008), 400pp.

Miscellaneous [incl.] Preface to Missing pieces: women in Irish history, 1: Since the Famine (Dublin: Irish Feminist Information Pubs.] (Women’s Community Press/Moutn Salus Press 1983), 64pp., ill. [ports.]

See also Maryann Gialanella Valiulis & Mary O’Dowd, eds., Women and Irish History: Essays in honour of Margaret MacCurtain (Dublin: Wolfhound Press 1997), 351pp., ill. [port.]

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