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Here is a list of suggested readings to further your knowledge of Renaissance Ireland:


Asch, Ronald. Nobilities in Transition 1550–1700: Courtiers and Rebels in Britain

     and Europe. New York: Arnold, 2003.


Barnard, Toby. Making the Grand Figure: Lives and Possession in Ireland, 1641–

     1770. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.


Barnard, Toby, and Jane Fenlon, eds.  The Dukes of Ormond, 1610–1745.  

     Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell Press, 2000.


Barton, D. Plunket. Links Between Ireland and Shakespeare. Dublin: Talbot Press,



Berleth, Richard.  The Twilight Lords: An Irish Chronicle. New York: Viking, 1978.


Braddick, Michael. State Formation in Early Modern England, c. 1550–1700.

     Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.


Braddick, Michael, and John Walter, eds. Negotiating Power in Early Modern Society:

     Order, Hierarchy and Subordination in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge:

     Cambridge University Press, 2001.


Bradshaw, Brendan. The Irish Constitutional Revolution of the Sixteenth Century.

     Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979.


Bradshaw, Brendan, Andrew Hadfield, and Willy Maley, eds. Representing Ireland:

     Literature and the Origins of Conflict, 1534–1660. Cambridge: Cambridge

     University Press, 1993.


Bradshaw, Brendan, and John Morrill, eds. The British Problem, c. 1534–1707:

     State Formation in the Atlantic Archipelago. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1996.


Brady, Ciaran. The Chief Governors: The Rise and Fall of Reform Government in

     Tudor Ireland, 1536–88. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.


———. Shane O’Neill. Dundalk: Dundalgan Press, 1996.


Brady, Ciaran, and Raymond Gillespie, eds. Natives and Newcomers: The Making of

     Irish Colonial Society, 1534–1641. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1986.


Breatneach, Padraig A.  “The Chief’s Poet. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy

     83c (1983), 37–79.


———. Teamai taighde Nua-Ghaeilge. Dublin: An Sagart, 1997.


Breen, Colin. Dunluce Castle: History and Archaeology. Dublin: Four Courts Press,



Burnett, Mark Thornton, and Ramona Wray, eds. Shakespeare and Ireland: History,

     Politics, Culture. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.


Byrne, Francis J. Irish Kings and High-Kings. London: B. T. Batsford, 1973.


Caball, Marc. Poets and Politics: Continuity and Reaction in Irish Poetry, 1558–1625.

     South Bend, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1999.


Canny, Nicholas. Making Ireland British, 1580–1650. Oxford: Oxford University

     Press, 2001.


———.   The Upstart Earl: A Study of the Social and Mental World of Richard Boyle,

     First Earl of Cork, 1566–1643. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982.


Carey, Vincent. Surviving the Tudors: The Wizard Earl of Kildare and English Rule in

     Ireland, 1537–1586. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2002.


Carney, James. The Irish Bardic Poet. Dublin: The Dolmen Press, 1967.


Chambers, Anne. As Wicked a Woman: Eleanor, Countess of Desmond. Dublin:

     Wolfhound Press, 1986.


———. At Arm’s Length: Aristocrats in the Republic of Ireland. Dublin: New Island,



———. Granuaile: The Life and Times of Grace O’Malley, c. 1530–1603. Dublin:

     Wolfhound Press, 1979; rev. ed. 1998.


———. Shadow Lord: Theobald Burke, Tibbot-ne-Long, 1567–1629: Son of the

     Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley. Dublin: Ashfield Press, 2007.


Clark, Peter, and Raymond Gillespie, eds. Two Capitals: London and Dublin, 1500–

     1840. Oxford: The British Academy and Oxford University Press, 2001.


Clarke, Aidan. The Old English in Ireland, 1625–42. Reprint edition. Dublin: Four

     Courts Press, 2000.


Derricke, John. The Image of Irelande (1581). Ed. D. B. Quinn. Belfast: Blackstaff

     Press, 1985.


Doran, Linda, and James Lyttleton, eds. Lordship in Medieval Ireland: Image and

     Reality. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008.


Edwards, David. The Ormond Lordship in County Kilkenny, 1515–1642. The Rise

     and Fall of Butler Feudal Power. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003.


———, ed. Regions and Rulers in Ireland, 1100–1650. Dublin: Four Courts Press,



Edwards, David, Padraig Lenihan, and Clodagh Tait, eds. Age of Atrocity: Violence

     and Political Conflict in Early Modern Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007.


Ellis, Steven. Tudor Frontiers and Noble Power: The Making of the British State.

     Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.


Fenlon, Jane, ed. Clanricard’s Castle: Portumna House, Co. Galway. Dublin: Four

     Courts Press, 2012.


FitzPatrick, Elizabeth. Royal Inauguration in Gaelic Ireland, c. 1100–1600: A Cultural

     Landscape Study. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell Press, 2004.


Fletcher, Alan. Drama, Performance and Polity in Pre-Cromwellian Ireland. Toronto:

     University of Toronto Press, 2000.


Gillespie, Raymond. Colonial Ulster: The Settlement of East Ulster, 1600–1641.

     Cork: Irish Committee of Historical Sciences, 1985.


———. Seventeenth-Century Ireland: Making Ireland Modern. Dublin: Gill and

     Macmillan, 2006.


Hadfield, Andrew. Edmund Spenser: A Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press,



———. Edmund Spenser’s Irish Experience: Wilde Fruit and Salvage Soyl. Oxford: Oxford

     University Press, 1997.


Hamilton, A. C., ed. The Spenser Encyclopedia. Toronto: University of Toronto Press,



Hammer, Paul. The Polarisation of Elizabethan Politics: The Political Career of

     Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, 1585–1597. Cambridge: Cambridge

     University Press, 1999.


Herron, Thomas. Spenser’s Irish Work: Poetry, Plantation and Colonial Reformation.

     Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2007.


Herron, Thomas, and Willy Maley, eds. Sir Henry Sidney in Ireland and Wales.

     Sidney Journal 29.1–2 (2011).


Herron, Thomas, and Michael Potterton, eds. Ireland in the Renaissance, c. 1540–

     1660. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007.


Kane, Brendan. The Politics and Culture of Honour in Britain and Ireland, 1541–

     1641. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.


Leerssen, Joep. Mere Irish and Fior-Ghael: Studies in the Idea of Irish Nationality,

     Its Development and Literary Expression prior to the Nineteenth Century. South  

     Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1986.


Lennon, Colm. The Lords of Dublin in an Age of Reformation. Dublin: Irish

     Academic Press, 1989.


———. Richard Stanihurst the Dubliner, 1547–1618. Dublin: Irish Academic Press,



———. Sixteenth-Century Ireland: The Incomplete Conquest. Rev. ed. Dublin: Gill

     and Macmillan, 2005.


Lyons, Mary Ann, and Thomas O’Connor. Strangers to Citizens: The Irish in Europe,

     1600–1800. Dublin: National Library of Ireland, 2008.


Lyttleton, James. Blarney Castle: An Irish Tower House. Dublin: Four Courts Press,



Lyttleton, James, and Colin Rynne, eds. Plantation Ireland: Settlement and Material

     Culture, c. 1550–c. 1700. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009.


MacCarthy-Morrogh, Michael. The Munster Plantation: English Migration to Southern

     Ireland, 1583–1641. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986.


Maginn, Christopher.  “Civilizing” Gaelic Leinster: The Extension of Tudor Rule in the

     O’Byrne and O’Toole Lordships. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005.


———. “The Gaelic Peers, the Tudor Sovereigns, and English Multiple Monarchy.”  

     The Journal of British Studies 50, 3 (2011), 566–86.


Maley, Willy. Salvaging Spenser: Colonialism, Culture and Identity. London:

     Palgrave Macmillan, 1997.


Mayes, Charles. “The Early Stuarts and the Irish Peerage.” English Historical Review

     73, 287 (1958), 227–51.


———.   “The Sale of Peerages in Early Stuart England.” The Journal of Modern

     History 29, 1 (1957), 21–37.


McCabe, Richard. Spenser’s Monstrous Regiment: Elizabethan Ireland and the

     Poetics of Difference. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.


McCormack, Anthony. The Earldom of Desmond, 1463–1583: The Decline and

     Crisis of a Feudal Lordship. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005.


McCorristine, Laurence. The Revolt of Silken Thomas: A Challenge to Henry VIII.

     Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1987.


McGowan-Doyle, Valerie. The Book of Howth: Elizabethan Conquest and the Old

     English. Cork: University of Cork Press, 2011.


McGuire, J. J., ed. Dictionary of Irish Biography. 9 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge

     University Press, 2009.


Merritt, J. F., ed. The Political World of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, 1621–

     1641. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.


Mhac an tSaoi, Maire. Cerbh i Meg Russell? Dearcadh as Shaolre Phiarais Fheiriteir

     agus go hairithe ar an bpairt inti a bhi ag Richard Boyle, Iarla Chorcai. Galway:

     Leabhar Breac, 2008.


Moody, T. W., et al. (eds.). A New History of Ireland, vol. 3: Early Modern Ireland,

     1534–1691. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986.


Morgan, Hiram. Tyrone’s Rebellion: The Outbreak of the Nine Years’ War in Tudor

     Ireland. Dublin: Boydell, 1999.


———, ed. The Battle of Kinsale. Bray, Ireland: Wordwell, 2004.


———, ed. Political Ideology in Ireland, 1541–1641. Dublin: Four Courts Press,



Murray, Peter, ed. Portraits and People: Art in Seventeenth-Century Ireland. Cork:

     Crawford Art Gallery, 2010.


O’Brien, Conor, ed. Feagh McHugh O’Byrne: The Wicklow Firebrand, a Volume of

     Quatercentennial Essays. Journal of the Rathdrum Historical Society I (1998).


O Buachalla, Breandan. Aisling Ghear: Na Stiobhartaigh agus an tAos Leinn, 1603–

     1778. Dublin: An Clochomhar, 1996.


———. The Crown of Ireland. Galway: Arlen House, 2006.


———.   “James Our True King: The Ideology of Irish Royalism in the Seventeenth

     Century,” in D. G. Boyce, ed. Political Thought in Ireland Since the Seventeenth

     Century. London: Routledge, 1998. 1-35.


O’Byrne, Emmett. War, Politics and the Irish of Leinster. Dublin: Four Courts Press,



O Cuiv, Brian. The Irish Bardic Duanaire or Poem-Book. Dublin: Malton, 1973.


O’Donnell, Manus. The Life of Colum Cille (1534). Ed. and trans. Brian Lacy.

     Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1998.


Ohlmeyer, Jane. Making Ireland English: The Irish Aristocracy in the Seventeenth

     Century. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.


———, ed. Political Thought in Seventeenth-Century Ireland: Kingdom or Colony? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.


O’Meara, Dermot. The Tipperary Hero: Dermot O’Meara’s “Ormonius” (1615).

     Eds. David Edwards and Keith Sidwell. Trans. Keith Sidwell. Turnhout, Belgium:

     Brepols, 2012.


O’Riordan, Michelle. The Gaelic Mind and the Collapse of the Gaelic World. Cork:

     Cork University Press, 1990.


O Siochru, Micheal. God’s Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the Conquest of Ireland.

     London: Faber and Faber, 2008.


Palmer, Patricia. Language and Conquest in Early Modern Ireland: English

     Renaissance Literature and Elizabethan Imperial Expansion. Cambridge:

     Cambridge University Press, 2001.


Pawlisch, Hans. Sir John Davies and the Conquest of Ireland: A Study in Legal

     Imperialism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.


Pope Hennessy, John. Sir Walter Ralegh in Ireland (1883). Ed. Thomas Herron.

     Dublin: University College Press, 2009.


Potterton, Michael, and Thomas Herron, eds. Dublin and the Pale in the

     Renaissance, c. 1540–1660. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012.


Power, Gerald. A European Frontier Elite: The Nobility of the English Pale in Tudor

     Ireland, 1496–1566. Hanover, Germany: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2012.


Quinn, David Beers. The Elizabethans and the Irish. Ithaca, New York: The Folger

     Library and Cornell University Press, 1966.


Samuel, Mark, and Kate Hamlyn. Blarney Castle: Its History, Development and

     Purpose. Cork: Cork University Press, 2008.


Simms, Katherine. From Kings to Warlords: The Changing Political Structure of

     Gaelic Ireland in the Later Middle Ages. Dublin: Boydell, 2000.


Stanihurst, Richard. Aeneis (1582). Ed. Dirk van der Haar. Amsterdam: H. J. Paris,



Stone, Lawrence. The Crisis of the Aristocracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press,



Tait, Clodagh. Death, Burial and Commemoration in Ireland, 1550–1650. New York:

     Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.


Treadwell, Victor. Buckingham and Ireland, 1616–1628: A Study in Anglo-Irish

     Politics. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1998.


Walsh, Micheline Kerney. An Exile of Ireland: Hugh O’Neill, Prince of Ulster. Dublin:

     Four Courts Press, 1996.


Williams, Nicholas. Armas: Sracfheacaint ar Araltas na hEireann. Dublin: Coisceim,




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