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Empire and EnterpriseMoney, Power and the Adventurers for Irish Land during the British Civil Wars$
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David Brown

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526131997

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526132000

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Grocers’ Hall

Grocers’ Hall

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Empire and Enterprise

David Brown

Manchester University Press

Chapter 4 charts the development of English state finance and policy towards Ireland during the first English Civil War. Following the outbreak of formal hostilities in England, the Adventurers seized control over parliament’s financial and military committees, using a network centred on Grocers’ Hall. The role of Grocers’ Hall is highlighted by demonstrating the process by which the functions of parliament’s Committee for Irish Affairs were transferred to it, leaving the Adventurers in command of parliament’s policy for Ireland. The Adventurers sent a naval task force to attack royalist targets in Ireland before the outbreak of war in England and worked to undermine Charles’ attempts to broker a ceasefire with the Irish rebels.

Keywords:   Sea Adventure, Long Parliament, Irish Parliament, English Civil War, Military finance, Privateering, Netherlands

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