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The Kingdom of Ireland, 1598

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697151.003.0009
The Kingdom of Ireland, 1598

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This chapter provides a final account of the state of Tudor rule in Ireland in 1598, the year of William Cecil's death, as the rebellion of Hugh O’Neill grew in strength and the prospect of the defeat of Tudor rule in the kingdom came into view. The chapter begins with a panoramic view of government and society in Ireland by taking the reader on a counter-clockwise circuit of the kingdom, paying particular attention to the existence of counties and local government which were the twin foundations of English government and society. It then examines the response of the framework of Tudor government in Ireland, which William Cecil had worked to construct, to the threat posed by the rebellion of Hugh O’Neill, earl of Tyrone.

Keywords: battle of the Yellow Ford; Tyrone's rebellion; Munster plantation; counties; martial law; common law; sheriffs; provost marshal; Hugh O’Neill; council at wars

Chapter.  12393 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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