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A New History of IrelandEarly Modern Ireland 1534-1691$
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T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, and F. J. Byrne

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562527

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562527.001.0001

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Introduction: Early Modern Ireland

Introduction: Early Modern Ireland

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(p.xxxix) Introduction: Early Modern Ireland
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A New History of Ireland
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T. W. Moody

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562527.003.0024

The period covered by this volume saw the effective conquest of all Ireland by the English state. The medieval conquest that had begun with the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1169 had never been complete. It had established an English colony and an English administration on Irish soil and the claim of the English crown to lordship over the whole island. The period 1534–1691 in Irish history, though an age of economic advance and intellectual activity, was above all an age of disruption. Prolonged and fundamental conflict over sovereignty, land, religion, and culture produced changes more catastrophic and far-reaching than anything Ireland had experienced since the Anglo-Norman invasion of the 12th century, or was to experience again till the great famine, the land war, and the struggle for national independence.

Keywords:   Ireland, Anglo-Norman invasion, English colony, English administration, Irish history

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