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Debating Tudor policy in sixteenth-century Ireland: 'Reform' treatises and political discourse

David Heffernan


During the sixteenth-century officials and interested parties in Ireland composed hundreds of papers on crown policy in the country and sent them to the metropolitan government in England. The information contained in these ‘reform’ treatises substantially shaped how senior ministers in England viewed an Ireland which very few of them had visited personally. Moreover these documents informed much of these ministers’ outlooks on the Irish of Ireland and the allegedly backward political and social system operating there. Perhaps most importantly, these treatises argued for the adoption of specif ... More

Keywords: ‘Reform’ Treatises, Tudor Ireland, Government Policy, Political Discourse, Sixteenth-century Ireland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526118165
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526118165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Heffernan, author
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queen's University, Belfast