Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 8.00pm
The Nugents settled in Ireland during the Norman conquest and, by the end of the sixteenth century, branches of the family held sixteen strategic strongholds in Westmeath. This lecture will offer a brief survey of the Nugent family’s role – in its defence of the old faith – as protectors and benefactors of the Franciscans at Multyfarnham abbey. Benjamin Hazard has already published research on this topic in the journal Ríocht na Midhe (2011) and he will take account in the lecture also of more recent historical scholarship about the Nugents.
Benjamin Hazard is a post-doctoral researcher with the School of History at University College Cork. After completing his doctoral research in Spain, Rome and Belgium, his thesis was published as a monograph: “Faith and patronage. The political career of Flaithrí Ó Maolchonaire c. 1560-1620” (Dublin, 2009). In September 2007, Hazard was awarded the Louvain 400 Post-doctoral Fellowship by the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute at University College Dublin where he contributed to the conservation and digitisation of papers from the archives founded by Fr. Luke Wadding.
Dr. Hazard has an established research record in peer-reviewed academic publications of international standing. Since 2001, he has contributed to the work of the Corpus of Electronic Texts (CELT) at UCC and maintains an interest in computer applications for the humanities. To date, his research interests and publications relate to politics and society in early modern Europe; Irish relations with Iberia, the Low Countries and the papacy; state formation; cultural politics and historiography; concepts of memory and identity; military history and migration; early modern travel; piracy and trade; sigillography; scribal culture and manuscript transmission; Gaelic settlement; and the history of medicine.