New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2001. This is the first comprehensive study of all the plantations that were attempted in Ireland during the years 1580-1650.
This is the first comprehensive study of all the plantations that were attempted in Ireland during the years 1580-1650. It examines the arguments advanced by successive political figures for a plantation policy, and the responses which this policy elicited from different segments of the population in Ireland. The book opens with an analysis of the complete works of Edmund Spenser who was the most articulate ideologue for plantation. The author argues that all subsequent advocates of plantation, ranging from King James VI and I, to Strafford, to Oliver Cromwell, were guided by Spenser's opinions, and that discrepancies between plantation in theory and practice were measured against this yardstick. The book culminates with a close analysis of the 1641 insurrection throughout Ireland, which, it isargued, steeled Cromwell to engage in one last effort to make Ireland British.
1. Spenser Sets the Agenda ; 2. The English Presence in Spenser's Ireland ; 3. The Munster Plantation: Theory and Practice ; 4. Plantation in Ireland 1603-1622: Theory and Practice ; 5. The Politics of Plantation 1622-1641 ; 6. The British Presence in Wentworth's Ireland ; 7. Plantation and Politics: The Irish Response ; 8. The Irish Insurrection of 1641