Ireland’s English Pale, 1470-1550
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222 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

3 line illus.

Series: Irish Historical Monographs

Series Vol. Number: 24

Imprint: Boydell Press

Ireland’s English Pale, 1470-1550

The Making of a Tudor Region

by Steven G Ellis

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Challenges the argument that the English Pale was contracting during the early Tudor period.

A key argument of this book is that the English Pale - the four counties around Dublin under English control - was expanding during the early Tudor period, not contracting, as other historians have argued. The author shows how the new system, whereby "the four obedient shires" were protected by new fortifications and a newly-constituted English-style militia, which replaced the former system of extended marches, was highly effective, making unnecessary money and troops from England, and enabling the Dublin government to be self-financing. The book provides full details of this new system. It also demonstrates how direct rule by an English army and governor, which replaced the system in the years after 1534, was much more costly and led on in turn to the policy of "surrender and regrant" under which Irish chiefs became subject to English law. The book highlights how this policy made the English Pale's frontiers redundant, but how ideologically ideas of "English civility" nevertheless survived, and "the wild Atlantic way" remained "beyond the Pale".
List of Maps
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: in search of Ireland's English Pale
The horizons of English rule: retreat and recovery
The fortifications and identity of a military frontier
County Dublin and the military frontier
Strengthening the march in County Kildare
The English Pale's westward expansion: County Meath
The English Pale's northern frontier: County Louth
Restoring the English Pale, 1534-41
The waning of the English Pale
Conclusion: an English region in Tudor Ireland
Bibliography
Index

STEVEN G. ELLIS is Professor Emeritus of History at the National University of Ireland Galway, and Chair of the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences. He is the author of eight books, including Reform and Revival: English Government in Ireland, 1470-1534 (The Royal Historical Society/Boydell, 1986).

"This book is a welcome addition to the current scholarship on the English Pale and will certainly revitalise debate on this topic." PARLIAMENTARY HISTORY
"This book will be of interest to anyone working on colonial politics in late medieval and Early Modern Ireland. [...] The book will also serve as a helpful guide to seigneurial governance in the late medieval Pale." CAMBRIAN MEDIEVAL CELTIC STUDIES
"Ellis's findings alter our understanding of how the Pale developed through the late medieval and early Tudor period and challenge historians to question accepted wisdom." HISTORY IRELAND
"Though short, it makes up for it in conciseness and laser focus to tell the story of the Pale from its origins to the mid-sixteenth century, and answer the question of whether the Pale was an extended frontier or a military outpost... Ireland's English Pale, 1470-1550: The Making of a Tudor Region provides a concise history of the English Pale in Ireland and plots the evolution of the region in a clear and
accessible manner that will become a foundational text for students of late medieval and early modern Ireland." RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY

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Title Details

222 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

3 line illus.

Series: Irish Historical Monographs

Series Vol. Number: 24

Imprint: Boydell Press