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Castles and Colonists

Eric Klingelhofer

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082467
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702505 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082467.001.0001
Castles and Colonists

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This book examines life in the leading province of Elizabeth I's nascent empire. It shows how an Ireland of colonising English farmers and displaced Irish ‘savages’ were ruled by an imported Protestant elite from their fortified manors and medieval castles. The book displays how a generation of English ‘adventurers’ including such influential intellectual and political figures as Spenser and Ralegh, tried to create a new kind of England, one that gave full opportunity to their Renaissance tastes and ambitions. Based on decades of research, it details how archaeology had revealed the traces of a short-lived, but significant, culture that has, until now, been eclipsed in ideological conflicts between Tudor queens, Hapsburg hegemony and native Irish traditions.

Keywords: Elizabeth I; empire; Ireland; colonising; Protestant elite; fortified manors; medieval castles; English adventurers; Spenser; Ralegh

Book.  192 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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