Book Series Outremer. Studies in the Crusades and the Latin East, vol. 5

From Carrickfergus to Carcassonne

The Epic Deeds of Hugh de Lacy during the Albigensian Crusade

Paul Duffy, Tadhg O'Keeffe, Jean-Michel Picard (eds)

  • Pages: 358 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:61 b/w, 22 col.
  • Language(s):English, French
  • Publication Year:2018

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-56781-5
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Hinging upon the personal story of a charismatic 13th century individual – Hugh de Lacy, earl of Ulster, ‘From Carrickfergus to Carcassonne’ explores the wider interplay between the Gaelic, Angevin, Capetian and Occitan worlds in the late 12th and early 13th century.


Paul Duffy is an archaeological site director who has been involved in large scale excavations and projects in Ireland, the UK, France and Australia. He has published widely on his work.

Professor Tadhg O'Keeffe is a specialist in the archaeology of the Middle Ages, with special emphasis on architectural history.

Professor Jean-Michel Picard, a native of Provence, has published several books on the history of contacts between Ireland and the continent during the Middle Ages. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.


‘From Carrickfergus to Carcassonne…’ has its genesis in the IRC funded exhibition of the same name which explores the unlikely links between medieval Ulster and Languedoc.

Hinging upon the personal story of a charismatic individual – Hugh de Lacy, earl of Ulster, ‘From Carrickfergus to Carcassonne’ explores the wider interplay between the Gaelic, Angevin, Capetian and Occitan worlds in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.

This book brings to light new research linking de Lacy to a conspiracy with the French king and details his subsequent exile and participation in the Albigensian Crusade in the south of France. The combined papers in this volume detail this remarkable story through interrogation of the historical and archaeological evidence, benefitting not just from adept scholarly study from Ireland and the UK but also from a southern French perspective. The ensemble of papers describe the two realms within which de Lacy operated, the wider political machinations which led to his exile, the Cathar heresy, the defensive architecture of France and Languedoc and the architectural influences transmitted throughout this period from one realm to another.

In exploiting the engaging story of Hugh de Lacy, this volume creates a thematic whole which facilitates wide ranging comparison between events such as the Anglo-Norman take-over of Ireland and the Albigensian Crusade, the subtleties of doctrine in Ireland and Languedoc and the transmission of progressive castle design linking the walls of Carcassonne and Carrickfergus.


Paul Duffy, Tadhg O’Keeffe and Jean-Michel Picard
Chapter 1. The Cathar Heresy and Anglo-Norman Ireland

Section I. Expulsion

Paul Duffy with Daniel J. F. Brown
Chapter 2. From Carrickfergus to Carcassonne: Hugh de Lacy and the Albigensian Crusade

Tadhg O’Keeffe
Chapter 3. Trim before 1224: New Thoughts on the caput of de Lacy Lordship in Ireland

Ruairí Ó Baoill
Chapter 4. The Medieval Archaeology of Carrickfergus Town (Co. Antrim): A Brief Survey

Daniel Tietzsch-Tyler
Chapter 5. Carrickfergus and the Revolution in Castle Design c. 1200

Anne Brenon
Chapter 6. The Occitan Cathar Manuscript of Dublin (Ms 269 Tcd): A Unique Window into Dissident Religiosity

Jean-Michel Picard
Chapter 7. Transmission and Circulation of French Texts in Medieval Ireland: The Other Simon de Montfort

Section II. Exile

Pilar Jiménez Sanchez
Chapter 8. Origines et implantation de l’Eglise des bons hommes en Languedoc

Daniel J. F. Brown
Chapter 9. Strategies of Comital and Crusader Lordship under Hugh II de Lacy

Jean-Louis Gasc
Chapter 10. Simon de Montfort – un croisé dans l’âme ?

Jean-François Vassal
Chapter 11. Pierre de Voisins. L’Histoire, au coeur de la Croisade en Albigeois, d’un seigneur du Nord

Jean Catalo
Chapter 12. The Château Narbonnais of Toulouse during the Siege of 1218

Section III. Restitiution

Lucien Aries
Chapter 13. Bataille de Baziège de 1219: Données nouvelles sur le cadre de la bataille

Philip Macdonald
Chapter 14. Identifying Hugh II de Lacy’s Contribution to Dundrum Castle (Co. Down)

David McIlreavy
Chapter 15. Making Twescard: The de Lacy/O’Neill Campaign in Northern Ulster 1223–24

Paul Duffy
Chapter 16. From Carcassonne to Carrickfergus: The Legacy of de Lacy’s Crusade experience in Britain and Ireland

Index of Names and Places

Colour Plates