G[oddard]. H. Orpen
[Goddard Henry Orpen]; author of Ireland Under the Normans 1169-1216, 4 vols. (1911); Corageen in 98 (1898); ed. Songs of Dermot and the Earl
(1892); his wife Adela [née] Richards [Mrs. Orpen] was a novelist.
Goddard H. Orpen, Ireland Under the Normans 1169-1333 [4 vols.].
Vol. 1 & 2 (Oxford 1911), vols. 3 & 4 Oxford 1920), and Do. [rep. edn.], Ireland under the Normans, 1169-1333 (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2005), 640pp. [hb. €80].
D. George Boyce, Nationalism in Ireland (London: Routledge
1982; 1991 Edn.), discussing the theory of Gaelic high-kingship developed
by Eoin MacNeill: This contrasted sharply with the view of G. O. Orpen,
who set down his own version of an anarchic Ireland in a tribal
state, possessing an ard ri with no political powerbut only nominal
authority. Irelnd, unlike most European countries, was free from external
threat, and had every opportunity to construct some kind of political
unity; but, Orpen argued, this very absence of threat from Roman or Barbarian
invasion meant that Ireland could remain in happy oblivion, free from
any danger that might have roused the Gael from his slumbers.
(p.26; see Orpen, Ireland under the Normans, Vol. 1, pp.20-28.)
Boyce goes on to remark that Ireland may not have been so far outside
the mainstream of European life as Orpen and later authorities asserted
and that the patchwork quilt of Irish political institutions,
the dynastic sub-kingdoms, the fluid network of local supremacies were
altering by the twelfth century. (Idem.)
Belfast Public Library holds Ireland Under the Normans 1169-1216,
4 vols. (1911); Corageen in 98 (1898); ed. Songs of Dermot and the Earl
COPAC lists Goddard Henry Orpen as former owner of Adela Elizabeth Richards Orpen [fl.1893-1928] Perfection City (London: Hutchinson & Co. 1897), , 299, pp.; 19.5cm.; also Corageen in '98: a story of the Irish rebellion (London: Methuen & Co. 1898), , 325, pp. 19.2cm. [Editions in TCD Library.]