The Problem of Ireland in Tudor Foreign Policy

January 1995
171 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780851155623
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press

The Problem of Ireland in Tudor Foreign Policy


William Palmer

Examination of the influence of Irish affairs on English foreign policy under the Tudors.
`His thesis is simple: English policy in Ireland was shaped to a greater extent than has previously been realized by foreign policy and the power politics of the Counter Reformation... A brief but important book.'CHOICE Dr Palmer explores the role of sixteenth-century Ireland in considerable depth, examining how it changed during times of crisis abroad, and how the tensions provoked by the Reformation in England introduced an ideological element into international politics. He shows how the failure of Henry's invasions of Scotland and France in the 1540s led to greater involvement in Ireland by these countries, which in turn led to the entry of more and more English officials into Ireland and the implementation of increasingly aggressive policies. This study thus shows that Tudor rule in Ireland reflected wider international politics, with significant implications.
WILLIAM PALMERis Professor of History at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.


A brief but important book. CHOICE A useful contribution to widening the focus of historians from an English to a truly British perspective. Palmer achieves clarity of purpose in straightforward prose. He displays command of the recent literature and has made effectuve use of the STate Papers. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW This ambitious attempt to reconstruct Ireland's place in the wider context of Tudor policy is effective and convincing. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW