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Defending English Ground: War and Peace in Meath and Northumberland, 1460-1542 (Hardback)
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Defending English Ground: War and Peace in Meath and Northumberland, 1460-1542 (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 07/05/2015
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A key duty of the Renaissance monarchy was the defence of its subjects. For the English monarchy, the rule and defence from enemies beyond the long-landed frontiers in Ireland and the English far-north proved an intractable problem. It was not, however, a duty which was accorded a high priority by successive Yorkist and early Tudor kings, nor is it an aspect of state formation which has attracted much attention from modern historians. This study assesses traditional arrangements for defending English ground, the impact of the frontier on border society, and the way in which the topography and patterns of settlement in border regions shaped the character of the march and border itself. Defending English Ground focuses on two English shires, Meath and Northumberland, in a period during which the ruling magnates of these shires who had hitherto supervised border rule and defence were mostly unavailable to the crown. Unwilling to foot the cost of large garrisons and extended fortifications, successive kings increasingly shifted the costs of defence onto the local population, prompting the border gentry and minor peers to organize themselves through county communities for the rule and defence of the region. This strategy was generally successful in Ireland where the military threat presented by 'the wild Irish' was not so formidable, but in the English far-north Tudor reform, centralized control, and the burden of defence against the Scots soon led to 'the decay of the borders'.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199696291
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 23 mm


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Defending English Ground is a welcome and valuable contribution to the developing subject of frontier and border studies. It is refreshing to see another work circumvent the traditional and rather anachronistic 1485 divide, and chart the development and management of two regions throughout the course of the Yorkist and early Tudor periods. * Edward William Geal, Sixteenth Century Journal *
Ellis's study of the economy and social structures of the two counties is welcome, aided by a series of exceptionally well-produced maps ... this rich data is where Ellis's work has always broken new ground and in this respect Defending English Ground is no exception ... Defending English Ground will find a wide audience among scholars of Ireland and the north of England in the early Tudor period, and also students of wider European border regions in the early modern period. * Renaissance Quarterly *

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