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The tower house complex and rural settlement
Victoria L. McAlister

well as smaller goods consumption. Smyth argues for a redistribution of the population in the later Middle Ages and early years of the early modern period, describing people moving from dispersed settlement to nucleated settlement around a tower house as ‘refugees’ (1985: 126). Presumably, the comparative security of the tower house was an attractive prospect and would explain the continuation of nucleated settlement after the demographic collapse of the Black Death, if the people previously living in dispersed patterns migrated. In

in The Irish tower house