The Old English in Early Modern Ireland: The Palesmen and the Nine Years’ War, 1594-1603

Canning, Ruth A. (2019) The Old English in Early Modern Ireland: The Palesmen and the Nine Years’ War, 1594-1603. Irish Historical Monographs . Boydell & Brewer, Suffolk. ISBN 9781783273270

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Descendants of Ireland's Anglo-Norman conquerors, the Old English had upheld the authority of the English crown in Ireland for four centuries. Yet the sixteenth century witnessed the demotion of this Irish-born and predominantly Catholic community from places of trust and authority in the Irish administration in favour of English Protestant newcomers. Political alienation and growing religious tensions strained crown-community relations and caused many Old Englishmen to reconsider their future in Ireland.

The Nine Years' War (1594-1603) presented them with an ideal opportunity to reassess their relationship with the crown when the Irish Confederates, led by Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, sought their support. This book explores the role of the Old English during the Nine Years' War. It discusses the impact of divided loyalties, examines how they responded to political, social, religious, and military pressures, and assesses how the war shaped their sense of identity. The book demonstrates that despite the anxieties of English officials, the Old English remained loyal. More than that, they played a key role in defeating the Irish Confederacy through military and financial support. It argues that their sense of tradition and duty to uphold English rule in Ireland was central to their identity and that appeals to embrace a new Irish Catholic identity, in partnership with the Gaelic Irish, was doomed to failure.

Item Type: Book
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Ruth Canning
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2019 08:08
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 08:08

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