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Doubtful and dangerousThe question of succession in late Elizabethan England$
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Susan Doran and Paulina Kewes

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086069

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086069.001.0001

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Brinkmanship and bad luck: Ireland, the Nine Years' War and the succession

Brinkmanship and bad luck: Ireland, the Nine Years' War and the succession

(p.236) Chapter 12 Brinkmanship and bad luck: Ireland, the Nine Years' War and the succession
Doubtful and dangerous

Rory Rapple

Manchester University Press

The motivations that animated the conflict that marked the final nine years of Elizabeth's reign in Ireland are obscure. This chapter argues that political brinkmanship related to the royal succession played a very prominent role in shaping the conflict, a role hitherto unappreciated. The succession informed the strategic thinking of many of the most prominent actors in the ‘Nine Year's War’ at critical junctures. It is argued that Tyrone and Essex each sought to gather around himself a wider interest among the Irish aristocracy and gentry in the hope of using that political capital to advance his own aim in the context of a foreseen Jacobean succession. The battle lines of the conflict hid the strategic games being played in the context of anticipated dynastic change.

Keywords:   succession, Ireland Robert Devereux, second earl of Essex, Earl of Tyrone, James VI and I, Nine Years' War, Brinkmanship

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