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Tudor Frontiers and Noble PowerThe Making of the British State$
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Steven G. Ellis

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201335

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201335.001.0001

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The estates and connexion of the earl of Kildare

The estates and connexion of the earl of Kildare

(p.107) 4 The estates and connexion of the earl of Kildare
Tudor Frontiers and Noble Power

Steven G. Ellis

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the estates and connexion of the earl of Kildare. As other English border magnates, his traditional office as governor conferred on him similar responsibilities to those of Lord Dacre. His estates were strategically located along the western frontier of the Tudor State. It shows that the crisis of lordship heightened the differences in power structures between the borderlands and lowland England. The crown's delegation of responsibility for the rule and defense of the marches was a major reason for the apparently excessive power of the marcher lords and the importance of their feudal connexions in these regions. The earl's estate management policies, land purchases, expansion, colonisation, aristocratic connexion explain why Kildare was a dominant figure in early-Tudor Ireland.

Keywords:   earl of Kildare, connexions, lordship crisis, power structure, Kildare ascendancy, estate management

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