1st Edition

Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington, and his World Restoration Court, Politics and Diplomacy

Edited By Robin Eagles, Coleman A. Dennehy Copyright 2020
    194 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    194 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers the first major reassessment of the life and work of Sir Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, for over a century. Arlington was one of Charles II’s chief ministers and the book charts his early years through to the careers of his descendants, examining his political development as a courtier, diplomat, linguist and politician. Authored by a series of experts in the field, the book not only shines a light on his career, but also on Charles II’s reign as a whole, on the Cavalier court and on Restoration politics. Arlington was a significant player in international politics and this is reflected in the collection’s treatment of his time abroad in the 1650s, his central role as an advisor and ambassador, and his influence in Ireland.

    Foreword by Justin Champion: Arlington and his World

    1. Introduction: Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington and his world: court, politics and diplomacy in the Restoration

    Robin Eagles with Coleman A. Dennehy

    2. ‘The inkhorn Lord’? Locating Arlington’s connexions

    Robin Eagles

    3. Pretending to be catholic? Sir Henry Bennet, the alliance with Spain, and the Stuart dalliance with Rome, 1656–62

    Alistair Malcolm

    4. The earl of Arlington and Restoration Ireland

    Coleman A. Dennehy

    5. Catholicism and anti-Catholicism in Arlington’s world: Polemic, persuasion and the conversion of Anne Hyde, Duchess of York

    Jacqueline Rose

    6. ‘Faisons meieux’: Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, and his political tactics

    Alan Marshall

    7. Arlington and Access

    Brian Weiser

    8. ‘So that my estate may continue in the name and blood of the Bennets for ever’: The Bennet brothers and the perpetuation of the Bennet family

    Charles Littleton

    9. Naturally Born Courtiers: the FitzRoy dukes of Grafton, 1685–1757

    Reider Payne


    Robin Eagles is Editor of the House of Lords (1660–1832) section at the History of Parliament. His previous publications include Francophilia in English Society 1748–1815 (2000) and an edition of the Diaries of John Wilkes 1770–1797 (2014).

    Coleman A. Dennehy is a former IRC Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at UCD and UCL. Having formerly taught at Vienna, he is currently at the Humanities Institute (UCD) and has recently published Parliament in Ireland, 1613–89, Restoration Ireland, Law and Revolution in Seventeenth-Century Ireland, and several articles and chapters.