Ireland’s English Pale, 1470-1550
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222 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

3 line Illustrations

Series: Irish Historical Monographs

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).

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Title Details

222 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

3 line Illustrations

Series: Irish Historical Monographs

Imprint: Boydell Press