Analysing the make-up and workings of the Royalist party in Scotland and Ireland during the civil wars of the mid-seventeenth century, Royalists at War is the first major study to explore who Royalists were in these two countries and why they gave their support to the Stuart kings. It compares and contrasts the actions, motivations and situations of key Scottish and Irish Royalists, paying particular attention to concepts such as honour, allegiance and loyalty, as well as practical considerations such as military capability, levels of debt, religious tensions, and political geography. It also shows how and why allegiances changed over time and how this impacted on the royal war effort. Alongside this is an investigation into why the Royalist cause failed in Scotland and Ireland and the implications this had for crown strategy within a wider British context. It also examines the extent to which Royalism in Scotland and Ireland differed from their English counterpart, which in turn allows an assessment to be made as to what constituted core elements of British and Irish Royalism.
Table of Contents
Contents: Scottish and Irish Royalism in context; Confronting the Covenant, 1638-1639; Royalist defeat, 1639-1671; Ireland and the Royalist cause, 1638-1642; Irish Royalism, 1643-1647; Scottish Royalism, 1642-1647; Scottish and Irish Royalism in eclipse, 1647-1650; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
'... Royalists at War is a significant work of scholarship ...' Journal of British Studies 'This is an important and impressive book. It makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the civil wars of the mid-seventeenth century in Scotland and Ireland, and, in doing so, throws much new light on subjects - royalism, allegiance and identity - of central importance to our understanding of English history at the time.' Jason McElligott, The Keeper, Marsh's Library, Dublin, Ireland '... written in a clear, witty style. ... It will prove valuable, both as a model and a source, for future studies of 1640s Britain and Ireland.' Renaissance Quarterly 'This volume ... will be of use to anyone wishing for a well written overview of royalism within Scotland and Ireland during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.' Sixteenth Century Journal ’As a study of noble, royalist, identity in Ireland and Scotland, this book will stand as an important resource for researchers and their students. By connecting with issues of definition discussed by historians of English royalism, Robertson provides a timely update to the seminal work David Stevenson while adding to the findings of Robert Armstrong and Keith Brown more recently. Moreover, this work is part of a wider dynamic that elevates studies of Ireland and, particularly, Scotland to a point where historians of other regions cannot help but take note ... Robertson’s book is an important milestone in our appreciation of the differences of British and Irish experience.’ Reviews in History