Anne_Julie_LafayePost-Doctoral Research Fellow
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Annejulie Lafaye was appointed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the IRC-funded Monastic Ireland project, ‘Landscape and Settlement’, in Trinity College in March 2014. She is involved in the second strand of the project, which focuses on the spread of the 'new orders' in Ireland, their interface with local politics and social provision, and how it might compare to patterns traced elsewhere in Europe. As part of the project, Annejulie has worked with the Discovery Programme staff on the geophysical survey of four monastic and mendicant sites, including Kilcrea Franciscan friary in Cork. As an affiliate to the Discovery Programme, she has also participated in writing historical and architectural descriptions of monastic and mendicant houses published on the Monastic Ireland website, developed by Dr. Keith Smith as part of the first phase of the project.’

Annejulie is a medieval archaeologist, interested in the buildings and landscape context of religious orders in medieval Europe, especially the mendicant orders in Ireland (13th-16th centuries). In her doctoral and post-doctoral research she focused on the archaeological study of monastic and mendicant remains, the place of monasticism in the shaping of the medieval and modern landscape of Ireland, and in the spatial organization of mendicant friaries, in connection with the practical and liturgical use of the claustral buildings and the church.


‘The Dominicans in Ireland: a comparative study of the east Munster and Leinster settlements’, Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, 4, 2015, in press.

Lafaye, A. 2015 ‘Les franciscains en Irlande (XIIIe-XVIe siècle): histoire et paysages’, Etudes franciscaines, 8-1, 26-54.

Smith, K., Pereira Farrell, E and Lafaye, A.: ‘Monastic Ireland AD 1100-1700: landscape and settlement’, Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Newsletter, no. 18, May 2014, 28-32.

Lafaye, A. 2014 ‘Spaces of circulation: the internal organization of mendicant friaries in east Munster, Ireland’ in G. Melville, L. Silberer, B. Schmies (eds) Die Klöster der Franziskaner im Mittelalter Räume, Nutzungen, Symbolik, Vita Regularis, 63, 191-216.

Lafaye, A. 2013 ‘Reconstructing the landscape of the mendicants in east Munster: the Franciscans’. In E. Cotter (ed) Buttevant: a Medieval Anglo-French Town in Ireland, 67-82.


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