The Politics and Culture of Honour in Britain and Ireland, 1541-1641

The Politics and Culture of Honour in Britain and Ireland, 1541-1641

by Brendan Kane
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521898641

ISBN-13: 9780521898645

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Through an exploration of overlapping concepts of noble honour amongst English and Irish elites, this book provides a cultural analysis of 'British' high politics in the early modern period. Analysing English- and Irish-language sources, Brendan Kane argues that between the establishment of the Irish kingdom under the English Crown in 1541 and the Irish rebellion

Overview

Through an exploration of overlapping concepts of noble honour amongst English and Irish elites, this book provides a cultural analysis of 'British' high politics in the early modern period. Analysing English- and Irish-language sources, Brendan Kane argues that between the establishment of the Irish kingdom under the English Crown in 1541 and the Irish rebellion of 1641, honour played a powerful role in determining the character of Anglo-Irish society, politics and cultural contact. In this age, before the rise of a more bureaucratic and participatory state, political power was intensely personal and largely the concern of elites. And those elites were preoccupied with honour. By exploring contemporary 'honour politics', this book brings a cultural perspective to our understanding of the character of English imperialism in Ireland and of the Irish responses to it. In so doing it highlights understudied aspects of the origins of the 'British' state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521898645
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: honour in Britain and Ireland; 1. The honour revolution of 1541; 2. Gaelic honour in Tudor Ireland; 3. 'British' honour and the Nine Years' War; 4. Making the Irish European: Gaelic honour after the Nine Years' War; 5. Gaelic and Old English honour in early Stuart 'Britain'; 6. A hierarchy transformed? Precedence disputes, the defence of honour and 'British' high-politics, 1603–32; 7. Wentworth, the Irish Lord Deputyship and the Caroline politics of honour; Conclusion.

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