The Making of the British Isles: The State of Britain and Ireland, 1450-1660, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Making of the British Isles

The State of Britain and Ireland, 1450-1660, 1st Edition

By Steven G. Ellis, Christopher Maginn


456 pages

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The history of the British Isles is the story of four peoples linked together by a process of state building that was as much about far-sighted planning and vision as coincidence, accident and failure. It is a history of revolts and reversal, familial bonds and enmity, the study of which does much to explain the underlying tension between the nations of modern day Britain.

The Making of the British Islesrecounts the development of the nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland from the time of the Anglo-French dual monarchy under Henry VI through the Wars of the Roses, the Reformation crisis, the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the Anglo-Scottish dynastic union, the British multiple monarchy and the Cromwellian Republic, ending with the acts of British Union and the Restoration of the Monarchy.

Table of Contents


Series editor's preface (2001)


Introduction: the making of British history


The Royal Houses of England, Scotland and Great Britain


CHAPTER 1: Geography, society and government: the structures of power

CHAPTER 2: Politics, war and diplomacy, 1450-1502

CHAPTER 3: The revival of crown government

CHAPTER 4: Machines built for the battlefield: Renaissance monarchy, 1502-60

CHAPTER 5: The Reformation crisis: the origins of a Protestant state

CHAPTER 6: The Reformation crisis: reform in the parishes

CHAPTER 7: State intervention and the problems of society

CHAPTER 8: The emergence of a British state system, 1560-1584

CHAPTER 9: The testing-time of the Protestant state system, 1584-1603

CHAPTER 10: British multiple monarchy, 1603-37

CHAPTER 11: The destruction and restoration of multiple monarchy, 1637-60




About the Authors

Professor Steven G. Ellis is Head of the History Department in NUI Galway. His best-known studies are Ireland in the Age of the Tudors (1998) and Tudor Frontiers and Noble Power: the making of the British state (1995).

Dr Christopher Maginn is Assistant Professor of History at Fordham University, Nnew York. He has recently authored 'Civilising' Gaelic Leinster: The Extension of Tudor Rule in the O'Byrne and O'Toole Lordships (2004).

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