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Rise of the New English "New Men": The Munster Plantation

The death of the "Rebel Earl" of Desmond and that of many of his followers was a boon for newcomers. Almost half a million acres were siezed by the crown and distributed to those well-conected at cuort and those in government service, like the well-known poet Edmund Spenser. The result was Munster Planation, the largest colonial scheme in the country. It was based on humanistic and classical principles harking back to ancient Rome, as well as on modern surveying techniques. The primary goal of the Munster Plantation was to transform – with order, industry, and innovation – a supposedly savage, Catholic, backward, and degenerated Irish land into a Protestant and profitable realm that would be repeopled with English settlers.

Richard Becon. Solon his follie … Oxford, 1594

Autograph copy of letter from Erhardus Stibarus, 1553, in the hand of Edmund Spenser. Manuscript, 16th century

Annotations in the Poemata of Georgius Sabinus, [1563?]. Possibly entered ca. 1579?

Spenser. Amoretti and Epithalamion. London, 1595

Edmund Spenser. Colin Clouts come home againe. London, 1595

Edmund Spenser. Colin Clouts come home againe. London, 1595

ÓGadhra. Court verse. 17th century

Elizabeth I. Oil on oak panels, ca. 1593

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