The Kingdom of Ireland, 1550

Christopher Maginn

in William Cecil, Ireland, and the Tudor State

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697151
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739262 | DOI:
The Kingdom of Ireland, 1550

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This chapter is constructed around William Cecil's appointment as principal secretary and to the privy council in 1550 during the reign of Edward VI. It offers an account of society and government in Ireland, by then a kingdom, at a time when the implications of the constitutional and political changes introduced late in the reign of Henry VIII were steadily revealing themselves against a backdrop of religious polarization and war in Europe which had altered the traditional relationship between Ireland and England.

Keywords: Edward VI; Anthony St Leger; kingdom of Ireland; surrender and regrant; Protestantism; Leix and Offaly plantation; classical humanism; Catholicism; Cambridge; New English

Chapter.  9462 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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