Kenneth W. NichollsIrishacademic and historian is one of the most widely respected Irish historians of the twentieth century. He came to national and international prominence as the author of the seminal Gaelic and Gaelicised Ireland in the Middle Ages, first published in 1972, and reprinted 2003. He is particularly regarded among his peers for his unsurpassed knowledge of late medieval and early modern historical sources in Irish, Latin, French and English languages. His areas of professional interests include:
Late medieval and early modern Ireland, including topics such as
genealogy, population studies, place-names, marriage, law, institutions
Scottish history, particularly legal and institutional
extinction of animals within historical times.
Ken Nicholls was a member of staff of the history department in University College Cork until his retirement in 2004. His work is honoured in David Edwards (ed.) Regions and rulers in Ireland, 1100-1650: essays for Kenneth Nicholls (Dublin, 2004), which is a collection of essays by most of the leading Irish historians of today.