Culture Clash: Fiach McHugh O'Byrne and Black Tom Butler

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Culture Clash: Fiach McHugh O'Byrne and Black Tom Butler

<p>Two Renaissance men, Fiach McHugh O’Byrne of Ranelagh and Black Tom Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond, typify the clash of the Old Gaelic and New English views of Ireland. During the reign of Queen

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Two Renaissance men, Fiach McHugh O’Byrne of Ranelagh and Black Tom Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond, typify the clash of the Old Gaelic and New English views of Ireland. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, O’Byrne was the last major leader of Gaelic Ireland on Ireland’s east coast and Butler was the virtual leader of English Ireland. Consider the disparate fates of these Elizabethans during the decisive half-century of Irish re-conquest.


SUGGESTED RADING

  • Nicholas Canny, The Elizabethan Conquest of Ireland (Dublin, 1976); Kingdom and Colony (2002).
  • Christopher Maginn, O’Byrne, Fiach MacHugh (1544–1597), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edition, May 2012.
  • David Edwards, Butler, Thomas, tenth earl of Ormond and third earl of Ossory (1531–1614), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edition, May 2012.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction: Ireland’s Tudor Era
  • Feagh McHugh O’Byrne, Lord of Ranelagh (1544-1597)
  • Black Tom Butler, 10th Earl of Ormond (1562-1614)
  • Tudor Re-Conquest of Ireland
  • Conclusion: Disparate Fates


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Compare a pair of Irish historical personalities in their political, economic and social contexts.
  2. Identify characteristics of particular characters and their roles in society, politics and nationalism.
  3. Develop responses to biography and the way they are constructed.