Sparky is a historian of law, culture and society in late medieval Ireland and Assistant Professor in history at the School of History and Geography at Dublin City University. Before she took this post in 2021, she was a lecturer in medieval Irish history at Queen’s University Belfast from 2016. From 2014-2016 she served as a postdoctoral research associate at Swansea University researching female plaintiffs in the secular and ecclesiastical courts of Ireland from c. 1350- c.1530, and focusing particularly on litigant strategies, overlapping jurisdictions, and the influence of wealth, status, ethnicity, and gender on women’s legal activities. Her doctoral research and her monograph explored interactions between the English of Ireland and Irish in the later middle ages. This work discussed the status of the Irish in the colony, the extensive cultural exchange that took place between the two groups, and how this exchange impacted expressions and constructions of identity in both groups.
Sparky Booker (Professional Historian)
2007-2011 Trinity College Dublin
2006-2007 Trinity College Dublin
2001-2005 Trinity College Dublin
2021-present Assistant Professor in History at Dublin City University
2016-2021 Lecturer in Irish Medieval History, Queen’s University Belfast
2015-2016 Wikipedia editing events and training for women on Wikipedia initiative
2014 Design and content team for ‘Battle of Clontarf’ website at http://dh.tcd.ie/clontarf/
2012, 2013, 2014 Walking tours for Friends of Medieval Dublin at Heritage Week Dublin
2008-present Organizing committee Medieval Dublin Symposium, Dublin
2011, 2012 Tales of Medieval Dublin, Dublin organising committee
2010 Tales of Medieval Dublin, Dublin (co-creator)
|Committees & Associations||
Member of Friends of Medieval Dublin
2014 Eoin O’Mahony Busary, Royal Irish Academy
2012-2013 Irish Research Council (formerly IRCHSS)
Cultural Exchange and Identity in Late Medieval Ireland: the English and Irish of the Four Obedient Shires, Studies in Medieval Life and Thought, fourth series (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).*
*winner of the James S. Donnelly Prize for Books on History and Social Sciences and the Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished first books from the American Conference for Irish Studies (2019)
With Cherie N. Peters (eds), Tales of Medieval Dublin Dublin (Four Courts Press: Dublin, 2014)
‘Widowhood and attainder in medieval Ireland: the case of Margaret Nugent’ in Deborah Youngs and Teresa Phipps (eds), Litigating women: gender and justice in Europe, c. 1300-c.1800 (Routledge, forthcoming 2022).
‘Marriage Litigation in Medieval Ireland’ in Salvador Ryan (ed.) Marriage and the Irish (Dublin: Wordwell Press, 2019).
‘The Geraldines and the Irish: intermarriage, ecclesiastical patronage and status’ in Peter Crooks and Seán Duffy, The Geraldines and medieval Ireland: the making of a myth (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016).
With Roman Bleier, et al., ‘Writing history in the digital age: the Battle of Clontarf goes online’ in Seán Duffy (ed.), Medieval Dublin XVI: Proceedings of Clontarf 1014-2014 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016).
‘The Knight’s tale’ in Sparky Booker and Cherie N. Peters (eds), Tales of Medieval Dublin (Dublin,Four Courts Press, 2014)
‘Ashamed of their very English names?: Identity and the use of Irish names by the English of late medieval Ireland’ in Gabriela Signori and Christof Rolker (eds), Umstrittene Zugehörigkeit(en). Spätmittelalterliche Praktiken der Namengebung im europäischen Vergleich (Konstanz, 2010), pp 131-48.
Gaelicisation and cultural exchange in late medieval Dublin’ in Seán Duffy (ed.) Medieval Dublin X (Dublin, 2010), pp 287-98.
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
With Matthew F. Stevens, ‘Irishtowns’ and ‘Welsh streets’: ethnic enclaves within the towns of colonial Ireland and Wales in a northern-European colonial context’ in Stevens and Roman Czaja (eds), The Social and Political Order of Urban Communities on European Peripheries from the Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries, Proceedings of the British Academy (forthcoming, 2022).
‘Moustaches, mantles and saffron shirts: what motivated sumptuary law in medieval English Ireland’, Speculum: Journal of the Medieval Academy of America, 96:3 (July 2021), pp. 726-770.
‘Irish clergy and the diocesan church in the ‘four obedient shires’ of Ireland, 1399-1534’ [Forthcoming, Irish Historical Studies, 154 (November, 2014)]
‘Intermarriage in fifteenth-century Ireland: the English and Irish in the ‘four obedient shires’ in Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, section C, 113 (2013)
Roman Bleier, Sparky Booker, Eoin O’Flynn, Cherie N. Peters, Christina Wade, and Caoimhe Whelan: http://dh.tcd.ie/clontarf
‘The Making of Medieval Derry’ by Ciarán Devlin (Dublin, 2018) in History Ireland, 27:3 (May, 2019)
‘Agriculture and Settlementt in Ireland, eds Margaret Murphy and Matthew Stout; Space and Settlement in medieval Ireland, eds Vicky McAlister and Terry Barry and Soldiers of Christ, eds Martin Browne OSB and Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB’, English Historical Review (March, 2019).
‘Gerald of Wales: New Perspectives on a medieval writer and critic, ed. Georgia Henley and A. Joseph McMullen’, Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Ireland (2019).
‘William Marshal and Ireland, eds John Bradley, Cóilin Ó Drisceoil and Michael Potterton’, Journal of British Studies, 57:1 (January, 2018)
‘Anglo-Norman parks in medieval Ireland by Fiona Beglane’, Studia Hibernica, 42 (2016).
‘Medieval Dublin XIV, ed. Seán Duffy’, Studia Hibernica, 41 (2015)
‘Women, Agency and the law, 1300-1700, edited by Bronach Kane and Fiona Williamson’, Institute of Historical Research Reviews in History (London, April 2015, http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1756).
‘Crisis and survival in late medieval Ireland: county Louth and its neighbours, 1330-1450 by Brendan Smith’, Economic History Review, 67, 4 (2014).
‘The Battle of Clontarf: Good Friday 1014 by Darren McGettigan’ in Studia Hibernica, 39 (2013).