Making Ireland English : the Irish aristocracy in the seventeenth century /
Jane Ohlmeyer.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
xxii, 668 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
0300118341 (cl : alk. paper), 9780300118346 (cl : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2012.
0300118341 (cl : alk. paper)
9780300118346 (cl : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [617]-627) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-12-01:
Ohlmeyer's research for this study tracing the development and fluctuations in the social and political pattern of aristocratic Ireland is meticulous and very thoughtful. The author presents a measured and vibrant view of who made up the aristocratic order, along with their responsibilities. She also discusses quite lucidly the role of religion in contriving this noble order. The work shows a seasoned familiarity with the broader literature associated with the 17th century not only in Ireland, but also in the wider world of Europe. Ohlmeyer's knowledge of far-flung primary sources, both manuscript and printed, provides a strenuous basis for the book and is coupled with extensive, careful reflection that animates the text. Many times a book of this type has a limited readership, due to specialization. Although this book is very appropriate for graduate students, it is also very suitable for undergraduate readers. Ohlmeyer (Trinity College, Dublin) weaves in important background elements without being tedious or pedantic. The prose has a clear style that is easy to follow, making it a great source for undergraduates to study a complex and crucial period in the history of Ireland. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduate collections and up. K. Herlihy University of Central Florida
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"Meticiulous and very thoughtful."- Choice
"Meticiulous and very thoughtful."-- Choice
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This text provides a comprehensive study of the remaking of Ireland's aristocracy during the 17th century. It is a study of the Irish peerage and its role in the establishment of English control over Ireland.
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This groundbreaking book provides the first comprehensive study of the remaking of Ireland's aristocracy during the seventeenth century. It is a study of the Irish peerage and its role in the establishment of English control over Ireland. Jane Ohlmeyer's research in the archives of the era yields a major new understanding of early Irish and British elite, and it offers fresh perspectives on the experiences of the Irish, English, and Scottish lords in wider British and continental contexts. The book examines the resident peerage as an aggregate of 91 families, not simply 311 individuals, and demonstrates how a reconstituted peerage of mixed faith and ethnicity assimilated the established Catholic aristocracy. Tracking the impact of colonization, civil war, and other significant factors on the fortunes of the peerage in Ireland, Ohlmeyer arrives at a fresh assessment of the key accomplishment of the new Irish elite: making Ireland English.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. x
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Conventionsp. xvii
Glossaryp. xviii
Abbreviationsp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Making Ireland English
The Archives
The Reconstitution of Ireland's Aristocracy, 1590s-1670s
The Transformation of the Peeragep. 27
Tudor Peerage
Peerage in 1603
Inflation of Honours
Resident Peerage in 1628
Resident Peerage in 1641
Mid-Century Elevations
Mid-Century Creations
Resident Peerage in 1670 and 1685
Securing the Succession
The Transformation of Noble Culturep. 64
Nobles in Irish Society
Contesting and Defending Honour
Landed Nobilityp. 84
Tided Landholders in 1641 and c.1670
Tided Landholding in County Dublin
The Munster Plantation
The First Earl of Cork
The Roches and MacCarthys
The Butlers
The Ulster Plantation
The Earls of Antrim
The Informal Plantations
The Formal Plantations
Other Early Stuart Settlements
Religionp. 135
Catholicism and Kingship
The Catholic Church
Lay Patronage of the Catholic Church
Clerical Connections
Presbyterianism and the Peers
The Church of Ireland and the Peers
Personal Piety
Wardships and Conversions
Sincerity of Conversions
Marriagep. 169
Women in Stuart Society
Frequency of Marriage
Age at Marriage
Geographic Origin of Brides
Mixed Marriages
Social Status of Brides
The Economic Importance of Marriage
The Peerage in Politics
Power, Politics and Public Officep. 211
The Stuart Court
The Exercise of National and Local Power
Law and Order
Early Stuart Parliamentsp. 232
The 1613-15 Parliament
The Graces
The 1634-5 Parliament
The 1640-1 Parliament
The Opposition Peers
Civil Warp. 250
A Military Caste
War in Scotland and Rebellion in Ireland
The Impact of the 1641 Rebellion
The Baronial Context of the Civil Wars
War and Politics
Confederate Catholics
Baronial Leadership
Survivalp. 280
Catholic Survival
The Case of Antrim
Protestant Survivors
Architects of Restoration
The Restoration Land Settlementp. 301
A Revolution in Titled Landholding?
The Winners
The Survivors
The Losers
Political Lifep. 336
The Irish Parliament, 1661-6
The Politics behind the Land Settlement
Restoration Dublin
Later Stuart Politics
The Army
James II
The Sinews of Power
Incomep. 361
Levels of Wealth
Landed Entrepreneurs and Improving Landlords
Urbanization and Commercialization
Overseas Expansionism
Expenditurep. 389
Levels of Borrowing
Aristocratic Borrowings
Capital Expenditure
Personal and Domestic Expenditure
Legal Expenditure
Lineage and Formationp. 419
Kinship and Clientage Networks
Schooling and Education
Grand Tours arid the Exercise of Arms
Death and Memoryp. 448
Preparing for Death
Cause of Death
Memorializationand Posterity
Conclusionp. 475
Notesp. 483
Lands held by resident titled nobles in 1641, ranked according to sizep. 572
Office holding and political activity of resident peers, c.l600-c.l690p. 575
Military and political activity of resident peers during the 1640sp. 599
Peers recorded in the 1660 poll tax (the so-called `1659 census')p. 606
Attendance and activity in the House of Lords, 1661-6p. 608
The land settlement and the process of restorationp. 614
Select Bibliographyp. 617
Indexp. 628
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