Ireland and the Renaissance court

Political culture from the c√ļirteanna to Whitehall, 1450-1640

Edited by David Edwards and Brendan Kane

Ireland and the Renaissance court
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  • Publish Date: Sep 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    Ireland and the Renaissance court is an interdisciplinary collection of essays exploring Irish and English courts, courtiers and politics in the early modern period, c. 1450-1650. Chapters are contributed by both established and emergent scholars working in the fields of history, literary studies, and philology. They focus on Gaelic c√ļirteanna, the indigenous centres of aristocratic life throughout the medieval period; on the regnal court of the emergent British empire based in London at Whitehall; and on Irish participation in the wider world of European elite life and letters. Collectively, they expand the chronological limits of 'early modern' Ireland to include the fifteenth century and recreate its multi-lingual character through exploration of its English, Irish and Latin archives. This volume is an innovative effort at moving beyond binary approaches to English-Irish history by demonstrating points of contact as well as contention.


    Introduction: Contiguous court societies: The Renaissance Irish lordships and the Tudor and Early Stuart English monarchy - David Edwards and Brendan Kane

    Part I: Indigenous court society in Ireland
    1. 1 Bouncers, stewards and gate-crashers: Access and hierarchy at the Gaelic court in Early Modern Irish literature, c.1400-c.1650 - Miche√°l Hoyne
    2. 2Court society in the south of Ireland, c.1430-c.1620: Evidence from the Butler bardic poems and other Irish sources - Gearóidín de Buitléir
    3. 3The Gaelic court and Irish country-house poetry: The politics of an overlooked genre - Patricia Palmer
    4. 4 Latin letters and Renaissance civility in sixteenth-century Ireland - Jason Harris

    Part II: Made in Whitehall: Irish policy and a regnal court
    5. 5 Debating Irish policy at the court of Elizabeth I - David Heffernan
    6. 6 How to govern Ireland without leaving your armchair: The production of Irish knowledge in Elizabethan secretariats - Nicholas Popper
    7. 7 Court discourse, the mid-Elizabethan polity and Ireland, 1571-75 - Christopher Maginn
    8. 8 Magnificence and massacre: Essex and the Enterprise of Ulster, 1573-76 - Hiram Morgan
    9. 9 Counsel in extremis: Sir James Croft's A Discourse of 1583 and Elizabeth I's reform of Irish policy - David Edwards

    Part III: Positioning Ireland in the Renaissance court world
    10. 10 Our men in Scotland: The Gaelic Irish nobility and the Scottish Renaissance court, c.1400-c.1600 - Simon Egan
    11. 11 Ireland's militarized itinerate court and the Tudor state - Malcolm Smuts
    12. 12 Winning hearts and minds: Proclamations, audience, and the discourse of Old English displacement - Valerie McGowan-Doyle
    13. 13 From court to courtliness: The verse epistle as imperial genre - Brendan Kane


    David Edwards is Senior Lecturer in History, University College Cork.
    Brendan Kane is Professor of History, University of Connecticut.

    Ireland and the Renaissance court

    Edited by David Edwards, Brendan Kane

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