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‘Late the wife of …’: Widows and the 1641 Depositions

A talk by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, School of Histories and Humanities, as part of the Women’s Stories series, a collaboration between NearFM Community Radio and the Trinity Long Room Hub.

This talk will explore the stories of widows, especially those from the ‘middling sorts’, living in early seventeenth-century Ireland and to explore the roles they played - as participants, as survivors and as victims - in the wars of the 1640s. On the one hand, widows were amongst the most vulnerable and marginalised members of any society; while, on the other, they could be wealthy, entrepreneurial, and independent citizens, owners of property and custodians of their families’ futures.
The 1641 rebellion and the ensuing civil war was one of the darkest moments in Irish history. Incidents of extreme violence accompanied the rising, as Catholics attacked, robbed and murdered their Protestant neighbours and the Protestants retaliated in kind. The 1641 Depositions comprise over 8,000 witness testimonies, examinations and associated materials in which men and women of all backgrounds told of their experiences following the outbreak of violence on 22 October 1641.

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, MRIA, is Erasmus Smith's Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin. She is an expert on the New British and Atlantic Histories and has published extensively on early modern Irish and British history.
She is Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research and since 2015, she has been chair of the Irish Research Council. She is the author or editor of numerous articles and 11 books, including being the editor of Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of Ireland, published in 2018, and launched by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in Dublin, and by the former Vice-President Joe Biden in the United States. She was a driving force behind the development of the 1641 Depositions Project at Trinity College Dublin.

About Women’s Stories
In this new radio series Women’s Stories, the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute in collaboration with Near FM Community Radio will illuminate a diverse range of stories on women’s place in society.
Women’s place in society, both historically and in the 21st century has seen so much change, for good and bad. Through this new series of talks, we will explore topics as diverse as the story of Giulia Farnese, an Italian born mistress to Pope Alexander VI, to widows in early 17th century Ireland and right through to present day stories from the frontline of Irish women in music technology. These topics will be brought to life by guest speakers, actors, writers and researchers from Trinity’s Arts and Humanities. The talks, which will take place in the Trinity Long Room Hub in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020, are free to attend and will be recorded for broadcast on Near FM.

Click here to fund out more about this series: https://www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/whats-on/details/2019/Womens-Stories.php

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