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The Chief Governors : The Rise and Fall of Reform Government in Tudor Ireland 1536-1588 - Ciaran Brady

The Chief Governors

The Rise and Fall of Reform Government in Tudor Ireland 1536-1588

Hardcover Published: 24th February 1995
ISBN: 9780521461764
Number Of Pages: 344

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This book offers an extended reinterpretation of English policy in Ireland over the sixteenth century. It seeks to show that the major conflicts between Tudor governors and native lords which characterised the period were not the result of a deliberate Tudor strategy of confrontation, but arose from a failed experiment in legal reform and cultural assimilation which had been applied with remarkable success elsewhere in the Tudor dominions. The book identifies a distinct administrative style which evolved in Irish government in the mid-sixteenth century under a complex set of pressures acting on the would-be reformers both in Ireland and at the Tudor court, and argues that it was this highly centralised and intensely activist mode of government that undermined the aims of reform policy and provoked alienation and hostility.

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'The Chief Governors is a compelling book, lucidly and elegantly written ... this is a hugely important book which no one interested in early modern Ireland can afford to ignore. It should set the terms of debate for years to come.' Andrew Hadfield, Irish Studies Review

Prologue: Ireland in the Wake of the Kildare Rebellion, 1536p. 1
The Course of Reform Government, 1536-1578p. 11
Reform as Process: The Viceroyalties of Lord Leonard Grey and Sir Anthony St Leger, 1536-1547p. 13
Ireland and the Mid-Tudor Crisis, 1547-1556p. 45
Reform by Programme: The Viceroyalties of the Earl of Sussex, 1556-1565p. 72
Reform on Contract: The Viceroyalties of Sir Henry Sidney, 1566-1578p. 113
Interlude: Government in Ireland, 1536-1579p. 159
The Impact of Reform Government, 1556-1583p. 167
Reform Government and the Feudal Magnatesp. 169
Reform Government and the Community of the Palep. 209
Reform Government and Gaelic Irelandp. 245
Epilogue: Reform in Crisis: The Viceroyalty of Sir John Perrot, 1584-1588p. 291
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780521461764
ISBN-10: 0521461766
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 24th February 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.93  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.59