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Defending English Ground: War and Peace in Meath and Northumberland, 1460–1542

Steven G. Ellis


A key duty of Renaissance monarchy was the defence of the subject. For the English monarchy, the rule and defence from enemies beyond the long-landed frontiers in Ireland and the English far north proved an intractable problem. It was not, however, a duty which was accorded a high priority by successive Yorkist and early Tudor kings, nor is it an aspect of state formation which has attracted much attention from modern historians. This study assesses traditional arrangements for defending English ground, the impact of the frontier on border society, and the way in which the topography and patte ... More

Keywords: frontiers, regions, borders, magnates, garrisons, Tudor, defence, government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199696291
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696291.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven G. Ellis, author
Professor of History, Head of School of Humanities, National University of Ireland, Galway