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The Tudor Occupation of Boulogne
Conquest, Colonisation and Imperial Monarchy, 1544–1550

  • Date Published: February 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108472012


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  • In 1544, Henry VIII led the largest army then ever raised by an English monarch to invade France. This book investigates the consequences of this action by examining the devastating impact of warfare on the native population, the methods the English used to impose their rule on the region (from the use of cartography to the construction of fortifications) and the development of English of colonial rule in France. As Murphy explores the significance of this major financial and military commitment by the Tudor monarchy, he situates the developments within the wider context of English actions in Ireland and Scotland during the mid-sixteenth century. Rather than consider the plantations established in the mid-sixteenth century Ireland as the 'laboratory' for a new form of empire, this book argues that they should be viewed along with the Boulogne venture as the English crown's final attempt to establish colonies through the use of state resources alone.

    • Places the development of colonies in France within the wider development of the English Empire
    • Argues against claims that the English employed unique methods of violence against the Irish
    • Integrates the territories which came under English rule during the reign of Henry VIII into our knowledge of the centralising programme of the mid-Tudor monarchy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The author makes a strong case for the occupation of Boulogne as the wellspring for Tudor colonial policy and demonstrates the enduring importance of the idea of a cross-channel empire rather than the insular one described by some historians.' D. R. Bisson, Choice

    'This is a satisfying specimen of the best sort of monograph, treating a bounded subject and, by its awareness of wider implications, altering our view of a whole period.' Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108472012
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The conquest of Boulogne and the history of Tudor England
    2. Violence and the campaign of 1544-46
    3. Conquest, cartography and treaty
    4. The settlement of the Boulonnais
    5. The Boulogne garrison
    6. The Tudor occupation of Boulogne and English imperialism.

  • Author

    Neil Murphy, Northumbria University, Newcastle
    Neil Murphy is Associate Professor in History at Northumbria University. He has authored two books, The Captivity of John II, 1356–60: The Royal Image in Later Medieval England and France (2016) and Ceremonial Entries, Municipal Liberties and the Negotiation of Power in Valois France, 1328–1589 (2016) as well as almost twenty articles and chapters. He is the review editor of the journal, Archives.

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