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Empire and Enterprise: Money, Power and the Adventurers for Irish Land During the British Civil Wars

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ISBN: 9781526163783
AuthorBrown, David
Pub Date10/05/2022
BindingPaperback
Pages312
CountryGBR
Dewey941.063
SeriesStudies in Early Modern Irish History
Quick overview The Adventurers for Irish land transformed England's trade and government finances in the mid-seventeenth century, laying the foundations of the British Empire and modern fiscal state. This is the first book to recognise the key role of the Adventurers and the centrality of Ireland to the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. -- .
€29.29

This book is about the transformation of England's trade and government finances in the mid-seventeenth century, a revolution that destroyed Ireland. In 1642 a small group of merchants, the 'Adventurers for Irish land', raised an army to conquer Ireland but sent it instead to fight for parliament in England. Meeting secretly at Grocers Hall in London from 1642 to 1660, they laid the foundations of England's empire and modern fiscal state. But a dispute over their Irish land entitlements led them to reject Cromwell's Protectorate and plot to restore the monarchy. This is the first book to chart the relentless rise of the Adventurers and their profound political influence. It is essential reading for students of Britain and Ireland in the mid-seventeenth century, the origins of England's empire and the Cromwellian land settlement. -- .

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This book is about the transformation of England's trade and government finances in the mid-seventeenth century, a revolution that destroyed Ireland. In 1642 a small group of merchants, the 'Adventurers for Irish land', raised an army to conquer Ireland but sent it instead to fight for parliament in England. Meeting secretly at Grocers Hall in London from 1642 to 1660, they laid the foundations of England's empire and modern fiscal state. But a dispute over their Irish land entitlements led them to reject Cromwell's Protectorate and plot to restore the monarchy. This is the first book to chart the relentless rise of the Adventurers and their profound political influence. It is essential reading for students of Britain and Ireland in the mid-seventeenth century, the origins of England's empire and the Cromwellian land settlement. -- .

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