The second edition of Steven Ellis's formidable work represents not only a survey, but also a critique of traditional perspectives on the making of modern Ireland. It explores Ireland both as a frontier society divided between English and Gaelic worlds, and also as a problem of government within the wider Tudor state. This edition includes two major new chapters: the first extending the coverage back a generation, to assess the impact on English Ireland of the crisis of lordship that accompanied the Lancastrian collapse in France and England; and the second greatly extending the material on the Gaelic response to Tudor expansion.
1. The Tudor territories 2. The Lordship of Ireland c. 1525 3. Gaelic Lordships c. 1534 with prominent English Marchers 4. Dioceses in Reformation Ireland 5. Irish religious houses on the eve of the Dissolution 6. Tudor plantations with county boundaries at 1603 7. Ulster during the Nine Years War