Spite in the Tudor Conquest of Ireland

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During the 16th century Ireland was to be impacted deeply by the sudden change of nobility to Henry the VII’s rule of the people. When looking at why this was important in Irish history you have to understand the historical context of the situation at the time when the Tudors stepped in on Irish rule. Ireland was to be looked at as a submissive power quickly because of the seemingly small fight they had put up to the rules that were attempting to change their country. These power imbalances set Ireland back a great deal of years in government and self-functioning ability in the long run. The Tudor conquest of Ireland was one that more bothered the affairs of the Irish people who had been more secluded from the changing tides of kingship for quite some time. Ireland lost out in the Tudor conquest because of the lack of nationalist consideration for the small island. The Tudor conquest left the needs of Ireland at the wayside as the surge for power raged on to other lands. The Tudor’s, Henry VII and Henry VIII, negative impact on the Irish mainland was carried out as the result of a simple move of Perkin Warbeck to the island. The consequences that ensued were merely the carrying out of vengeful thinking by the King of England upon the less then supportive differing chieftains in Ireland at the time of the late 1400’s to 1500’s.

Since the land of Ireland had been technically England’s in Noble possession since the 1200’s, the conquering of the land is considered to be different to that of any other. The English Nobles did technically have control, but of what? Henry VII realized that if he was to have a strong foreign diplomacy (that he was trying to maintain) he wanted to be known as a controller, especially of the lands in which he supposedly had been left to maintain at that time. Strategically speaking it made sense; Ireland would be a horrible place to completely lose control of due its close proximity to the crowns mainland. This made Henry move on Ireland.

The Tudor desire for Ireland obviously began with merely a push that seemed as though it wanted to merely make its reminder for the current inhabitants that they were to be loyal to the Tudor crown despite the movements by other nations that had made Henry VII so nervous. But Ireland at this time was no simple place to convey this too. At the time that Henry wished to regain power there were four main power imbalances that troubled him upon his arrival. The clans had long since split up the mainland of Ireland and much to their own pleasure lived separate none nation like lives during this time. This bothered Henry. The nation in which he wanted to convey through his own power was that of a strong united force that backed him and all of his actions, instead he found many different regions that were hard to work with because of their differing beliefs about the surrounding lands and whom had rights to do what with them. Despite these large chieftains of the time, the clans also were unable to control the three larger towns that held their walls against what they considered to be a savage people that fought over large areas of land that were not relevant to controlling a city like Dublin.

Henry’s decision to return his reign to Ireland was one of swift diplomatic decision that he wished would mull over easily, but that was not the case. Due to the differing control between mainland Ireland and the cities in which some of his diplomatic relations were connected too he soon found that the relations in which had been instilled some time ago, were not of any importance to the people of Ireland. An area of land controlled by “Pale” previously had ties to the British crown through a leader in local government. This area was important because not only would England have good relations with Dublin at this point but also the large area surrounded by it, but soon Henry was to realize that by the current time period his influence and ability in...
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