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DEVEREUX, Robert
Lawes and orders of warre, established for the good conduct of the seruice in Ireland
London, Printed by the deputies of Christopher Barker?, 1599?. [IRISH MILITARY CONDUCT, A GUIDE] FIRST EDITION. 4to. pp. 10. [lacking last blank] Roman letter. A large historiated woodcut initial and woodcut headpiece. Recto of A1 and last leaf dusty, the odd marginal spot or mark, minor repair to upper outer corner of first and last leaf. a good copy in modern three-quarter calf over marbled paper boards, spine with gilt title. Extremely rare and most interesting pamphlet published By Robert Devereux second Earl of Essex on the eve of his campaign in Ireland in 1599 the largest expeditionary force ever sent to Ireland with over 16000 troops. Essex had orders to put an end to the Irish rebellion and departed London to the cheers of crowds, and it was expected the rebellion would be crushed instantly. Essex had declared to the Privy Council that he would confront O’Neill in Ulster. Instead, he led his army into southern Ireland, where he fought a series of inconclusive engagements, wasted his funds, and dispersed his army into garrisons, while the Irish won two important battles in other parts of the country. Rather than face O’Neill in battle, Essex entered a truce that some considered humiliating to the Crown and to the detriment of English authority. The Queen herself told Essex that if she had wished to abandon Ireland it would scarcely have been necessary to send him there. The thirty seven orders given in this pamphlet are of great interest for military historians and are designed specifically for troops in Ireland. Essex prefaces the work with a short introduction sta … [Click Below for Full Description]
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