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By Ciaran Brady, Jane Ohlmeyer

During this e-book major historians problem conventional perspectives concerning the British conquest and colonization of eire throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. They display the contradictions, disappointments and screw ups, which attended the efforts of English and Scottish colonists. significantly, the British turned more and more conscious of the necessity to not damage the assets they initially sought to take advantage of.

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New perspectives on the English 27 established church in terms of all three kingdoms. In the eyes of these clerical combatants, national boundaries meant little; the fates of Ireland, Scotland and England were inextricably intertwined. Of course, the real value of exploring the dilemmas confronted by the English and Scots in Ireland does not lie in a desire to celebrate their successes or to seek sympathy for their disappointments. Rather, it is by examining the inconclusive and contradictory manner in which they established themselves in the island that we can cast further light on all of its inhabitants in the early modern period as a whole, rediscovering in the process some of the ambiguities and disjunctions, continuities and correspondences that the dominance of the simple paradigm of conquest has for so long obscured.

Kilkenny. History and society (Dublin, 1990), pp. 107–26. PRONI, Kildare Letter Book, D3078/3/1/5, p. 3. Vincent Carey, Surviving the Tudors: The ‘wizard’ earl of Kildare and English rule in Ireland, 1537–1586 (Dublin, 2002) and Patrick Little, ‘The Geraldine ambitions of the first earl of Cork’, IHS, 23 (2002), pp. 151–68. 37 More interesting still, despite the tenurial upheavals and warfare of the mid-seventeenth century, many of these families re-emerged in the 1670s with their lands and local power relatively intact.

380–99; Hiram Morgan, ‘The end of Gaelic Ulster: a thematic interpretation of events between 1534 and 1610’, IHS, 26 (1988), pp. 8–32 and ‘Extradition and treason– trial of a Gaelic lord: the case of Brian O’Rourke’, Irish Jurist, 22 (1987), pp. ), Ulster. An illustrated history (London, 1989), pp. 77–103 and Brady, Shane O’Neill (Dundalk, 1996). 31 From among the descendants of the original Anglo-Norman colonials, represented by the great provincial feudal dynasties, the arrivistes encountered stiffer opposition.

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