Red Hugh O'Donnell and the Nine Years War

Red Hugh O'Donnell and the Nine Years War


By (author) Darren McGettigan

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  • Publisher: Four Courts Press Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 241mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Dublin
  • ISBN 10: 1851828877
  • ISBN 13: 9781851828876
  • Illustrations note: Colour Illustrations, maps

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The Nine Years War was the greatest challenge that Gaelic Ireland presented to the Elizabethan English state. The role played by the young chieftain, Red Hugh Oâ??Donnell (1572â??1602), in the Gaelic confederacy which fought this war, was crucial. Without him, the possibility of such successful and wide-ranging resistance to the expansion of English power in Ireland would not have possible. This book represents a major reappraisal of Oâ??Donnellâ??s role. It is a study of how the abuse of power by English captains and officials led to the growth of anti-English sentiment in the lordship of Tír Chonaill and in Oâ??Donnellâ??s thinking itself, due in large part to his imprisonment in Dublin Castle. It is also a study in how the Gaelic lordships of Ulster proved themselves to be capable of military and political innovation, to enable their leaders to fashion a formidable confederacy which came very close to ending English sovereignty over Ireland.

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