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William Cecil, Ireland, and the Tudor State

Christopher Maginn


This book explores the complex relationship which existed between England and Ireland in the Tudor period using the long association of William Cecil (1520–98) with Ireland as a vehicle for historical enquiry. That Cecil, Queen Elizabeth’s most trusted adviser and the most important figure in England after the queen herself, consistently devoted his attention and considerable energies to the kingdom of Ireland is a seldom‐explored aspect of his life and his place in the Tudor age. Yet amid his handling of a broad assortment of matters relating to England and Wales, the kingdom of Scotland, con ... More

Keywords: William Cecil, Tudor, Ireland, Queen Elizabeth I, state formation, Protestant Reformation, Irish and English identity, English government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199697151
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697151.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Maginn, author
Associate Professor of History, Fordam University, New York