Government and Policy

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:
Government and Policy

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This chapter, beginning in Edward's reign and concluding in Elizabeth's last years on the throne, explores what may be Cecil's most important legacy with regard to Ireland: his role in the formulation and oversight of Tudor political policy and the operation of government there. It shows that Cecil's influence with Elizabeth and his unparalleled knowledge of Ireland combined to make him the key to the functioning of Tudor government in the kingdom in the later sixteenth century; and though policy for Ireland never originated from him, his support was essential to see it pursued and implemented. William Cecil, this chapter argues, presided over every step of Tudor policy in Ireland until his death in 1598.

Keywords: reform; colonization; memoranda; Queen Elizabeth; Shane O’Neill; information; political policy; Spain; Francis Walsingham; Henry Sidney

Chapter.  18820 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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