By Ciaran Brady
This publication deals a basic critique of traditional perspectives of sixteenth-century Irish background that experience under pressure the centrality of colonization and army disagreement. It argues that reform instead of conquest used to be the purpose of Tudor policy-makers, yet exhibits that the gigantic problems confronted through the reformers in pursuing their targets compelled them to make administrative ideas that finally contradicted and undermined their unique coverage.
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Pp. 4 5 9 - 6 0 . 53 Other individuals like Francis Herbert, John Travers and even John Parker can be shown to have enjoyed the friendship of both men. 54 The basis of their alliance was in part political in the narrowest sense. Both had been active enemies of Grey; and though it was said that Brabazon had coveted the viceroyalty for himself, he acquiesced in St Leger's appointment and continued to accept the role of second in command with ease. 55 Historians have noted an apparent difference between the two over policy in the midlands.
Cowley to Cromwell, 8 Sept. 1539; Grey to Cromwell, 21 Oct. 1539; Ormond to Cromwell, 20 Dec. 1539, SP Hen. VIII, III, 145-7, 154-6, 164-6; AFM, sub anno 1539. 20 The evidence of Grey's remarkable recovery between the summer of 1538 and the spring of 1540 must qualify the traditional view of his viceroyalty as a period of continuous wrangling and failure. Perforce, however, it makes his eventual fall seem all the more sudden. Yet that, like so many other coups at the court of King Henry, is precisely what it was.
Hen. VIII, II, pp. 383-8. Reform as process 19 making on Butler territories in the midlands. 10 In seeking to explain the viceroy's conduct historians have tended to take Grey's detractors very much on trust. 11 Yet this simple tale of a greedy and reckless fool is in the end unconvincing for two important reasons: first, it ignores the very real pressures which forced Grey to adopt his hazardous pro-Geraldine attitudes and, having done so, it fails, secondly, to see how close the deputy came to making his strategy work.
The Chief Governors: The Rise and Fall of Reform Government in Tudor Ireland 1536–1588 by Ciaran Brady