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The Return of the ArmadasThe Last Years of the Elizabethan War against Spain 1595-1603$
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R. B. Wernham

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204435.001.0001

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Ostend and Kinsale

Ostend and Kinsale

(p.368) XXIII Ostend and Kinsale
The Return of the Armadas

R. B. Wernham

Oxford University Press

During the first six or seven months of 1601, almost the only cheering news for Elizabeth I and her Privy Council came, most unusually, from Ireland. In Munster by the end of 1600, the Lord President, Sir George Carew, had expelled Dermot O'Connor and Hugh Tyrone's bonachts; had brought Florence McCarthy at last to submission; had driven the Sugane Earl to flight; and had reduced Kerry to obedience. Both the Sugane Earl and Florence McCarthy were shipped over to England and committed to the Tower. In Leinster, Lord Mountjoy was almost as successful. On August 25, he withdrew back to Trim and then in September rode off to Kilkenny to consult with Thomas Ormonde and Carew. There on September 22, he heard that the Spaniards were off the Old Head of Kinsale and next day that they had landed at Kinsale. With this the pattern of Spain's war plans at last became clear. Meanwhile, Archduke Albert took the opportunity in the last few days of June to lay siege to Ostend.

Keywords:   Elizabeth I, Privy Council, England, Spain, Ireland, Hugh Tyrone, Lord Mountjoy, Ostend, Kinsale, war

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