Strangers to That Land: British Perspectives of Ireland from the Reformation to the Famine

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Strangers to that Land is a critical anthology of English, Scottish and Welsh colonists' and travelers' accounts of Ireland and the Irish from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, from the Reformation to the Famine. The anthology consists exclusively of eyewitness descriptions of Ireland given by writers using English who had never been to Ireland before and were seeing the country for the first time. Each extract, where necessary, is set in context and briefly explained. The result is a vivid, continuous ...

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Overview

Strangers to that Land is a critical anthology of English, Scottish and Welsh colonists' and travelers' accounts of Ireland and the Irish from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, from the Reformation to the Famine. The anthology consists exclusively of eyewitness descriptions of Ireland given by writers using English who had never been to Ireland before and were seeing the country for the first time. Each extract, where necessary, is set in context and briefly explained. The result is a vivid, continuous record of Ireland as defined and judged by the British over a period of four centuries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861403509
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/25/1994
  • Series: Ulster Editions and Monographs Series
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Hadfield is a lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at the University of Wales. John McVeagh is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Ulster at Coleraine, Ireland.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Preface 1
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 1540-1660
1 Giraldus Cambrensis and English Writing about Ireland 25
2 John Bale and the Reformation in Ireland 30
3 The Nature of the Irish 36
4 Three Travellers' Observations of Irish Life 53
5 Land and Landscape 63
6 Irish Society 73
7 Hugh O'Neill, Second Earl of Tyrone (1540-1616) 88
8 War and Rebellion 97
9 Colonization 108
10 The Rebellion of 1641 115
11 The Transplantation to Connaught, 1655-9 123
Pt. 2 1660-1850
12 Passage and Travel 134
13 The Sense of Difference 148
14 From War to Union 160
15 Irish Life and Customs 187
16 Irish Towns 219
17 Picturesque and Romantic Ireland 238
18 Poverty and Famine 251
Notes 266
Bibliography 298
Index 306
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