By Ciaran Brady, Jane Ohlmeyer
During this ebook best historians problem conventional perspectives concerning the British conquest and colonization of eire through the 16th and 17th centuries. They display the contradictions, disappointments and screw ups, which attended the efforts of English and Scottish colonists. particularly, the British grew to become more and more conscious of the necessity to not wreck the assets they initially sought to take advantage of.
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Hayes-McCoy’s comments in NHI, III, p. 93. 28 The attainder of Shane O’Neill and the problems of Tudor state-building 29 in Ireland which would overcome all of the problems similar attempts had hitherto encountered. 7 Only two legislative attainders apiece were enacted in the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I. 8 3 4 5 6 7 8 J. G. Bellamy, The Tudor Law of Treason: an introduction (London, 1979), pp. 23–9, 41–4, 210–14; Stanford E. Lehmberg, ‘Parliamentary attainder in the reign of Henry VIII’, Historical Journal, 18 (1975), pp.
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. For example, the active involvement of the Barnewalls of Trimleston in the Confederation of Kilkenny did not preclude their involvement in post-Restoration County Meath politics or prevent them from increasing their landed holdings (roughly 4,000 acres in Counties Meath, Dublin and Galway).
This same attention to contextualisation is adopted over a longer period and within a larger region in Harold O’Sullivan’s survey of south-east Ulster from the late fifteenth to the mid-seventeenth century (chapter 3). This essay provides a valuable case study of the manner in which the English colonial community was divided and reshaped in response to the specific conditions of the region in wholly unexpected ways. Once again, the very sequence of settlement served to alter the possibilities of development in ways diverging far from those originally envisaged.