The Library

The Cathedral Library was built in the mid-fifteenth century over the East Cloister.

It houses the book collection of the Chapter in two areas: the Chained Library and the Reading Room. The earliest records of the Cathedral are housed in the Muniment Room at the southern end of the Library.

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Featured Book of the Month : OCTOBER


‘Account of Denmark as it was in the Year 1692′          (1694)


Viscount Molesworth (1656-1725) was born in Dublin and came from an ancient family line. He studied at Dublin University and later became an active Fellow of the Royal Society.

In 1692 he was sent by King William III as Envoy Extraordinary to Denmark. However, in 1694 he gave serious offence to the court in Copenhagen and left without the formality of an audience. It is thought he was caught poaching on the king’s private land and used a road reserved exclusively for the royal chariot.

He took his revenge by writing his Account of Denmark as it was in the Year 1692. It is highly critical of the arbitrary and tyrannical monarchy which he depicts as an example of absolutism. The book was well received by the Whigs for its anti-clerical and anti-Tory tone, and its strong preference for England’s electoral system made it a political tract.

Molesworth went on to become an Irish and also an English Member of Parliament.

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