The Twilight Lords: Elizabeth I and the First Irish Holocaust

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Roberts Rinehart, Jun 25, 2002 - History - 316 pages
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A gripping chronicle of the ferocious twenty-year struggle between the English monarch and the feudal lords of Ireland, The Twilight Lords describes the first authentic colonial venture in English history, a venture that held captive a whole generation of the best that Ireland and England could muster. By the time the last and the greatest of the "rebels" surrendered, Elizabeth was dead, two waves of English settlers had been exterminated, and the southern part of Ireland had become a barren wilderness.
 

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This is an absolutely masterpiece written by a sublime stylist whose wonderful prose documents the dark underbelly of Elizabethan society with relentless precision. If you like your Elizabethans all ... Read full review

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An Excellent introduction to the convoluted and terrible politics and bloodshed of Ireland and the extraordinary cast of characters. Here we find the invention of English imperialism; political, spiritual, emotional. Here we see God become an Englishman. The template of a colony, literally. What to build and how to build it. All this would be seen in the new world, as if made from a model kit. If it worked in Ireland, it will work in Virginia. (See the fort at Jamestowne) Indians/Irish Savages all. 

Contents

Whitehall 1579 The English
3
Munster 1565 The Irish
35
Askeaton 1573 Lord of the South
68
Youghal 1579 Resolution
97
Kilmore 1550 Pursuit
125
Smerwick 1580 Siege
150
Slieve Mish 1583 Ruin
177
Kilcolman 1588 The Broken Land
207
Dungannon 1594 Lord of the North
237
Whitehall 1599 The Passing
262
Afterword 2002 Spenser at Kilcolman
295
Genealogies
319
Select Chapter Bibliographies
325
Index
331
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Richard Berleth is Professor of History at St. Francis College in New York.

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