An Apprenticeship in Arms: The Origins of the British Army by Roger B. Manning

By Roger B. Manning

This ebook explores the ways that the various army reports at domestic and in another country of the British and Irish humans throughout the 17th century brought smooth army thought and perform into the 3 Kingdoms of the British Isles and formed the embryonic British military that emerged through the reign of the soldier-king William III.

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As rebels the enemy were denied the status of combatants. The strategic objective was to end Spanish and Scottish influence in Ireland. ¹ By contrast, the swordsmen who went as volunteers to the Netherlands were conscious of participating in a ¹ Although Edmund Spenser tried to invest the military conquest and colonization of Ireland with an aura of chivalry, his literary efforts were far removed from reality (cf. A. B. Ferguson, The Chivalric Tradition in Renaissance England (1986), 71). Spenser’s ignorance of the rules of engagement and of how wars were fought needs to be emphasized.

E. M. Hinton, Ireland through Tudor Eyes (1935; repr. 1978), 650; R. Gillespie, Colonial Ulster: The Settlement of East Ulster, 1600–1641 (1985), 168; S. M. Jack, Towns in Tudor and Stuart Britain (1996), 5–8, 14; P. Somerville-Large, Dublin (1979), 85, 87; Davies, True Causes, 166, 252. Professor Canny points out that the plantation of Ireland provided a model for planting colonies across the Atlantic, and thus a garrison mentality was carried into the New World. In the North American colonies, as in Ireland, authority was vested in the hands of colonial officials with few limits placed upon the exercise of that authority.

Smuts, Court Culture and the Origins of a Royalist Tradition in Early Stuart England (1987), 19–20; Sir Thomas Overbury’s Observations in his Travels upon the State of the Seventeen Provinces (1626) in C. H. ), Stuart Tracts, 1603–1693 (1903; repr. 1973), 214; The Commentaries of Sir Francis Vere (1657), in Stuart Tracts, 135–7. ⁶ M. , ‘The Machiavellian Moment and the Dutch Revolt: The Rise of Neostoicism and Dutch Republicanism’, in G. Bock, Q. Skinner and M. ), Machiavelli and Republicanism (1990), 208; B.

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