Irish-English Relations: A History in Documents
(From the Broadview Sources Series)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815708 / 1554815703
  • 180 pages; 7" x 9"

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Irish-English Relations: A History in Documents

(From the Broadview Sources Series)

  • Publication Date: November 30, 2022
  • ISBN: 9781554815708 / 1554815703
  • 180 pages; 7" x 9"

In 1919, Prime Minister David Lloyd George of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland noted that “there is a path of fatality which pursues the relations between the two countries and makes them eternally at cross purposes.” For better or worse, Ireland has frequently been defined by its relationship with its neighbor to the east. And for centuries, English monarchs and governments have struggled with what they came to term “the Irish Question.” Through 75 primary source documents, contextualized by informative introductions and annotations, this volume explores the political, economic, and cultural impacts of the relationship between Ireland and England.

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“An excellent and highly useful collection of documents on a critical topic in both Irish and British history.” — Sean Farrell Moran, Oakland University

Introduction
Chronology
Questions to Consider

Part 1: Medieval Ireland and England (700-1500)

  • 1. Bede, The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, (731)
  • 2. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
  • 3. Early Medieval Kings
  • 4. William of Malmesbury, Chronicle of the Kings of England, (c. 1125)
  • 5. Laudabiliter, (1155)
  • 6. The Treaty of Windsor, (1175)
  • 7. Gerald of Wales, Topographia Hibernica, (1187)
  • 8. Gerald of Wales, Expugnatio Hibernica, (1189)
  • 9. William of Newburgh, The History of English Affairs, (c. 1190s)
  • 10. Sean Mac Ruaidhrí Mac Craith, The Triumphs of Turlough, (mid-14th century)
  • 11. Statutes of Kilkenny, (1367)
  • 12. Poyning’s Law, (1495)
  • 13. Irish Annals

Part 2: Early Modern Ireland and England (1500-1800)

  • 14. Act for Kingly Title, (1541)
  • 15. Tadhg Dall Ó Huiginn, To Conn O’Donnell, (late 16th century)
  • 16. Edmund Spenser, A View of the Present State of Ireland, (1596)
  • 17. Tadhg Óg Ó Cianáin, Departure of the Lords, (1608)
  • 18. Lochlann O Oh Dalaigh, Where have the Gaels Gones
  • 19. John Davies, Discovery of the True Cause why Ireland was never entirely Subdued, (1612)
  • 20. Geoffrey Keating, Foras Feasa as Eirinn, (1634)
  • 21. The Confederation of Kilkenny, The Oath of Association, (1642)
  • 22. John Temple, The Irish Rebellion, (1646)
  • 23. Oliver Cromwell, Letters from Ireland, (1649)
  • 24. Anthony O’Connor, Ireland’s Lamentation, (1659)
  • 25. Treaty of Limerick and Penal Laws
  • 26. William Petty, The Political Anatomy of Ireland, (1691)
  • 27. William Molyneux, The Case of Ireland’s being bound by Acts of Parliament in England, Stated, (1698)
  • 28. The Irish Miscellany, or Teagueland Jests, (1698)
  • 29. Jonathan Swift, Drapier’s Letters, (1724-5)
  • 30. The Case of the Roman-Catholics of Ireland, (1755)
  • 31. Arthur Young, A Tour in Ireland, (1780)
  • 32. Seághan Ó Coileáin, Lament over the Ruins of the Abbey of Teach Molag, (late 18th century)
  • 33. Henry Grattan, The Speeches of the Right Honourable Henry Grattan, (1822)
  • 34. The Utility of an Union Between Great Britain and Ireland Considered, (1787)
  • 35. Theobald Wolfe Tone, Declaration of the United Irishmen, (1791)
  • 36. P. Sheehy, Union a Plague, (1799)

Part 3: Modern Ireland and England before Independence (1800-1921)

  • 37. Act of Union (1801)
  • 38. Roman Catholic Relief Act, (1829)
  • 39. British and Irish newspaper cartoons of Daniel O’Connell (1840s)
  • 40. Daniel O’Connell, Speeches, (1840s)
  • 41. Benjamin Disraeli, Speech to Parliament on the Irish Question, (1844)
  • 42. Thomas Davis, A Nation Once Again, (1846)
  • 43. Charles Trevelyan, The Irish Crisis, (1848)
  • 44. John Mitchel, The Last Conquest of Ireland, (1861)
  • 45. J.L. Porter, The Life and Times of Henry Cooke, (1871)
  • 46. Punch Cartoons on Ireland
  • 47. Charles Stewart Parnell, Speech at Cork, (1885)
  • 48. A.V. Dicey, England’s Case Against Home Rule, 3rd ed., (1887)
  • 49. Douglas Hyde, The Necessity of De-Anglicizing Ireland, (1892)
  • 50. George Bernard Shaw, John Bull’s Other Island, (1902)
  • 51. Solemn League and Covenant, (1912)
  • 52. Gaelic League Poster, (1913)
  • 53. John Redmond, Woodenbridge Speech, (1914)
  • 54. The Easter Rising Proclamation, (1916)
  • 55. W.B. Yeats, Easter 1916, (1916)
  • 56. The Anglo-Irish Treaty, (1921)

Part 4: Ireland and England post-Independence (1921-Present)

  • 57. Coal and Cattle Pact Debates in the Dail Eirinn, (1936)
  • 58. Constitution of Ireland, (1937)
  • 59. Winston Churchill, Telegram to Eamon de Valera, 9 December 1941, and Speech on V-E Day (1941 & 1945)
  • 60. Eamon de Valera, Response to Churchill, (1945)
  • 61. Declaration of the Republic of Ireland, (1948)
  • 62. Government of Ireland Act, (1949)
  • 63. A Catholic Handbook for Irish Men & Women Going to England, (1953)
  • 64. Oliver Reilly, A Worker in Birmingham, (1958)
  • 65. Sean Lemass, Statement to the European Economic Community, (1962)
  • 66. Terence O’Neill, Ulster Stands at the Crossroads, (1968)
  • 67. Bernadette Devlin, Maiden Speech in the House of Commons, (1969)
  • 68. William Whitelaw, The Future of Northern Ireland, (1972)
  • 69. Jack Lynch, Speech at the Dail Eirinn, (1972)
  • 70. Radio Interview with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, (1980)
  • 71. An Camchéacta/The Starry Plough, “Why it is murder….,” (1981)
  • 72. The Good Friday Agreement, (1998)
  • 73. Tony Blair, Address to the Dail Eirinn, (1998)
  • 74. Elizabeth II, Speech at Dublin Castle, (2011)
  • 75. Michael D. Higgins, Speech at Windsor Castle, (2014)

Karen Sonnelitter is Associate Professor of History at Siena College. She is editor of The Great Irish Famine (Broadview Press) and author of Charity Movements in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Philanthropy and Improvement (Boydell & Brewer).

  • • The only primary source reader covering Irish-English relations from the medieval era to the present day
  • • Readings come from a wide variety of sources and genres, including legislation, letters, speeches, and poems
  • • A thorough general introduction and chronology summarizes the book’s key historical themes
  • • Each reading is contextualized through a headnote as well as annotations provided in the page margins
  • • Includes several historical political cartoons and images