William Cecil, Ireland, and the Tudor State

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

byChristopher Maginn

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William Cecil, Ireland, and the Tudor State explores the complex relationship which existed between England and Ireland in the Tudor period, using the long association of William Cecil (1520-1598) with Ireland as a vehicle for historical enquiry. That Cecil, Queen Elizabeth's most trustedadvisor and the most important figure in England after the queen herself, consistently devoted his attention and considerable energies to the kingdom of Ireland is a seldom-explored aspect of his life and his place in the Tudor age. Yet amid his handling of a broad assortment of matters relating to England and Wales, the kingdom of Scotland, continental Europe, and beyond, William Cecil's thoughts regularly turned to the kingdom of Ireland. He personally compiled genealogies of Ireland's Irish and English families and pouredover dozens of national and regional maps of Ireland. Cecil served as chancellor of Ireland's first university and, most importantly for the historian, penned, received, and studied thousands of papers on subjects relating to Ireland and the crown's political, economic, social, and religiouspolicies there. Cecil would have understood all of this broadly as 'Ireland matters', a subject which he came to know in greater depth and detail than anyone at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Maginn's extended analysis of Cecil's long relationship with Ireland helps to make sense of Anglo-Irish interaction in Tudor times, and shows that this relationship was characterized by more than the basic binary features of conquest and resistance. At another level, he demonstrates that the secondhalf of the sixteenth century witnessed the political, social, and cultural integration of Ireland into the multinational Tudor state, and that it was William Cecil who, more than any other figure, consciously worked to achieve that integration.

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William Cecil, Ireland, and the Tudor State explores the complex relationship which existed between England and Ireland in the Tudor period, using the long association of William Cecil (1520-1598) with Ireland as a vehicle for historical enquiry. That Cecil, Queen Elizabeth's most trustedadvisor and the most important figure in England...

Dr Christopher Maginn received his PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has published extensively on the history of early modern Ireland and Britain. He is currently Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Fordham University in New York.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199697159

ISBN - 13:9780199697151

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPART I: A DEEPENING ASSOCIATION1. The Tudor Lordship of Ireland, 15202. The Tudor Kingdom of Ireland, 1550PART II: IRELAND MATTERS3. Correspondence and Points of Contact4. Government and Policy5. Money6. The Irish7. ReligionPART III: BURGHLEY'S IRELAND8. The Kingdom of Ireland, 15989. 'A carefull father for this poore realm'Conclusion: William Cecil, Ireland, and the Tudor StateBibliographyIndex