Elizabeth I - Study Guide Chapter 14, pgs. 665-733 Summary & Analysis

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Elizabeth has problems with Ireland for a number of years particularly in the Northern provinces around Ulster. The Irish experience a number of uprisings over the years. English troops serving in Ireland suffer from dysentery and malaria. The Queen has problems trying to find soldiers to serve in Ireland.

The tension between the Irish and the English goes beyond religion even though more Irish are becoming Catholics than Protestants. During the English war with Spain, the Irish unite against the English under Hugh O'Neil, Earl of Tyrone. His first rebellion is in 1595 and in April 1596, Essex leads troops into Ireland. Essex is not optimistic about defeating Tyrone so he keeps delaying going to Ulster. Outnumbered by Tyrone, the two meet secretly and conclude a truce. Essex returns to England without the permission of the Queen.

Essex's misconduct is investigated by the...

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