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Castles and ColonistsAn Archaeology of Elizabethan Ireland$
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Eric Klingelhofer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082467

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082467.001.0001

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Elizabethan fortifications in Ireland

Elizabethan fortifications in Ireland

(p.34) 2 Elizabethan fortifications in Ireland
Castles and Colonists

Eric Klingelhofer

Manchester University Press

Ireland began Elizabeth's reign as a kingdom under the English Crown, and ended it as a quasi-colony. Fortifications provided a military solution to a political problem. Military technology evolved prodigiously in the sixteenth century, and the new regime in Dublin benefitted from advances in Renaissance warfare. In her own country, Elizabeth fortified Berwick against the Scots, sought to control the main sea passages with forts in the Channel Isles off Normandy and the Scilly Isles off Cornwall, and erected defences in the southeast against Spanish forces should the Armada prove successful.

Keywords:   Renaissance warfare, Elizabeth's reign, military technology, Dublin, Ireland

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