Martial Power and Elizabethan Political Culture: Military Men in England and Ireland, 1558-1594

Martial Power and Elizabethan Political Culture: Military Men in England and Ireland, 1558-1594

by Rory Rapple
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521843537

ISBN-13: 9780521843539

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book studies the careers and political thinking of English martial men, left deeply frustrated as Elizabeth I's quietist foreign policy destroyed the ambitions that the wars of the mid-sixteenth century had excited in them. Until the mid 1580s, unemployment, official disparagement and downward mobility became grim facts of life for many military captains. Rory

Overview

This book studies the careers and political thinking of English martial men, left deeply frustrated as Elizabeth I's quietist foreign policy destroyed the ambitions that the wars of the mid-sixteenth century had excited in them. Until the mid 1580s, unemployment, official disparagement and downward mobility became grim facts of life for many military captains. Rory Rapple examines the experiences and attitudes of this generation of officers and points to a previously overlooked literature of complaint that offered a stinging critique of the monarch and the administration of Sir William Cecil. He also argues that the captains' actions in Ireland, their treatment of its inhabitants and their conceptualisation of both relied on assumptions, attitudes and political thinking which resulted more from their frustration with the status quo in England than any tendency to 'other' the Irish. This book will be required reading for scholars of early modern British and Irish history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521843539
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Chimneys in summer; 2. Military men and their discontents; 3. The limits of allegiance: English military men, Europe and the Elizabethan regime; 4. The captains and the Irish context; 5. The limits of imperium: military men and government; 6. The limits of rhetoric: the captains and violence in Elizabethan Ireland to 1588; 7. Unlimited indemnity: delegates versus viceroys; Conclusion.

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