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Stuart Dublin

Stuart Dublin was a very different provincial capital than Tudor Dublin. Military “pacification” of Ireland and the attendant process of “Anglicization,” as envisioned by New English policymakers like Edmund Spenser, Richard Beacon, and Sir John Davies, reshaped the social, cultural, and political landscapes of the city. The 1630s witnessed  stunning growth and change for the capital. Under the stern viceregal eye of Sir Thomas Wentworth—close advisor to Charles I, and eventual Earl of Strafford—Dublin became a site of theater, learning, and high society. It also became a place of high political intrigue as Wentworth tested the king’s preference for absolute rule. Simultaneously, nobles of all backgrounds convened in Dublin during Charles’ reign.

Sir James Ware. De scriptoribus Hiberniæ. Libri duo. Dublin, 1639

James Shirley. The royall master. London, 1638

James Shirley. St. Patrick for Ireland. London, 1640

Edmund Campion. Two histories of Ireland. Dublin, 1633

Arcadia. Dublin, 1621

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