Elizabethan fortifications in Ireland

Eric Klingelhofer

in Castles and Colonists

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082467
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702505 | DOI:
Elizabethan fortifications in Ireland

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Ireland began Elizabeth's reign as a kingdom under the English Crown, and ended it as a quasi-colony. Fortifications provided a military solution to a political problem. Military technology evolved prodigiously in the sixteenth century, and the new regime in Dublin benefitted from advances in Renaissance warfare. In her own country, Elizabeth fortified Berwick against the Scots, sought to control the main sea passages with forts in the Channel Isles off Normandy and the Scilly Isles off Cornwall, and erected defences in the southeast against Spanish forces should the Armada prove successful.

Keywords: Renaissance warfare; Elizabeth's reign; military technology; Dublin; Ireland

Chapter.  7072 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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