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Castles and Colonists: An Archaeology of Elizabethan Ireland

Eric Klingelhofer


This book examines life in the leading province of Elizabeth I's nascent empire. It shows how an Ireland of colonising English farmers and displaced Irish ‘savages’ were ruled by an imported Protestant elite from their fortified manors and medieval castles. The book displays how a generation of English ‘adventurers’ including such influential intellectual and political figures as Spenser and Ralegh, tried to create a new kind of England, one that gave full opportunity to their Renaissance tastes and ambitions. Based on decades of research, it details how archaeology had revealed the traces of ... More

Keywords: Elizabeth I, empire, Ireland, colonising, Protestant elite, fortified manors, medieval castles, English adventurers, Spenser, Ralegh

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719082467
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Klingelhofer, author