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 IIâ€™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 IIâ€™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 collectionâ€™s treatment of his time abroad in the 1650s, his central role as an advisor and ambassador, and his influence in Ireland.
Table of Contents
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. â€˜The inkhorn Lordâ€™? Locating Arlingtonâ€™s connexions
3. Pretending to be catholic? Sir Henry Bennet, the alliance with Spain, and the Stuart dalliance with Rome, 1656â€“62
4. The earl of Arlington and Restoration Ireland
Coleman A. Dennehy
5. Catholicism and anti-Catholicism in Arlingtonâ€™s world: Polemic, persuasion and the conversion of Anne Hyde, Duchess of York
6. â€˜Faisons meieuxâ€™: Henry Bennet, earl of Arlington, and his political tactics
7. Arlington and Access
8. â€˜So that my estate may continue in the name and blood of the Bennets for everâ€™: The Bennet brothers and the perpetuation of the Bennet family
9. Naturally Born Courtiers: the FitzRoy dukes of Grafton, 1685â€“1757
Robin Eagles is Editor of the House of Lords (1660â€“1832) section at the History of Parliament. His previous publications include Francophilia in English Society 1748â€“1815 (2000) and an edition of the Diaries of John Wilkes 1770â€“1797 (2014).
Coleman A. Dennehy is a former IRC Marie SkÅ‚odowska-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, 1613â€“89, Restoration Ireland, Law and Revolution in Seventeenth-Century Ireland, and several articles and chapters.