Strafford in Ireland 1633-1641: A Study in Absolutism / Edition 2by Hugh F. Kearney
Pub. Date: 02/22/2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford (1593–1641) is one of the great controversial figures of English history. For many he was 'the Great Apostate' who abandoned the cause of liberty in the 1620s. For others he was a herioc figure who died on the scaffold as the King's good servant. In making a judgement about Strafford, his years of power, as Lord Deputy of Ireland (1633–40), are or crucial importance. Professor Kearney's definitive account, first published in 1959 provides essential reading for those studying the origins of the Civil Wars.
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Table of ContentsPreface; Introduction; Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1. Anglo-Irish relations; 2. The old English in Ireland; 3. The appointment of Wentworth; 4. The financial background; 5. Prologue to parliament; 6. The parliament of 1634–5; 7. The politics of the 1634 parliament; 8. The instruments of 'thorough'; 9. The plantation of connacht; 10. Church and state; 11. Wentworth's economic policy; 12. Personal profit; 13. The downfall of Wentworth's administration; 14. The impeachment of Wentworth; 15. Aftermath in Ireland; 16. Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliographical note; Bibliography; Index.
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