Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

An Exile of Ireland: Hugh O'Neill, Prince of Ulster

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

An Exile of Ireland: Hugh O'Neill, Prince of Ulster

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WALSH, MICHELINE KERNEY. An Exile of Ireland: Hugh O'Neill Prince of Ulster. (Dublin: Four Courts Press. Order from ISBS, Portland, Oregon. 1996. Pp. 154. $14.95 paperback.) Dr. Kerney Walsh published Destruction by Peace.: Hugh O'Neill after Kinsale in 1986, a book which was a commentary on 210 documents from Simancas, dealing with Hugh O'Neill's career after his defeat at Kinsale in January 1602 (N.S.). This new work is presented as the reformulation of the same material as a narrative, with a minimum of bibliographical apparatus and very few notes to the text. It reads well and tells the sad story of O'Neill's surrender in 1603, his flight from Ulster to Flanders in 1607, his arrival in Rome the following year, and his many attempts to go to Spain and to interest Philip III in an invasion of Ireland, with the assurance that the Irish people would be happy to have the Spanish monarch as their king. The correspondence and plans of the exiles and the English government's spying against them are woven into a fascinating narrative, which ends when Cardinal Borja, the Spanish ambassador in Rome, describes his payment for O'Neill's funeral in July, 1616. …

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