Irish Kings and High-Kings. London: Batsford, 1973. First Edition. Pp, 341. Illustrated with plates & maps. Blue cloth boards, in pictorial dust jacket. Covers lightly stained, contents in very good condition. An important study exploring the nature of the archaic notions of kingship which survived in Ireland until the sixteenth century. In the early middle ages, Irish society was a fascinating mixture of pagan tribalism and monastic Christianity, ruled by over 150 petty kings ranged in provincial hierarchies.