She has written a book which is not only in masterly control of its subject, but which is a thing of beauty and feeling. The stamp which Susan Brigden has put on the period is distinctively her own. We shall not have to hesitate any longer when asked, as we sometimes are, to recommend just one book on the history of our own country in the 16th century.
Towards the end of the 16th century, William Camden published his Britannia , the intention of which was to inform learned Continental readers that the modern English nation state, which was increasingly dominant in the British Isles, was the proud and legitimate successor of a famous Roman province. Yet his book was entitled: Britannia, siue, florentissimorum regnorum, Angliae, Scotiae, Hiberniae, ex intima antiquitate chorographica descriptio.
So was Ireland part of Britain? Those on the bridge of that great enterprise The New Dictionary of National Biography are not altogether sure that that is what it should be called. For what nation are we talking about? More problems. That will not do.
It is above all the history of the 17th century which has taught us that none of the players in the British archipelago was an island, entire of itself. But until Scotland was a foreign country, Britain no place, politically speaking.
And even after that date, if we are to believe Clarendon, while the English followed events in Central and even Eastern Europe with rapt attention, they had no interest in Scotland, which never once featured in their newsletters and gazettes. How does Brigden cope with these problems? That logically excludes Scotland, an independent kingdom, which she has occasion to refer to rather less often than to France or the Low Countries.
This was a very peculiar kingdom indeed. There was no Irish crown, no Irish coronation with those limiting oaths and undertakings , and no English king of Ireland ever visited his Hibernian kingdom, not once in the years of its distinct existence, from to Brigden does Ireland more than justice, allotting it 61 out of pages. An exceptionally confused society, and history, is made as intelligible as it is ever likely to be for readers who are ignorant of its 16th-century political geography, socio-political terrain, and peculiar laws and institutions.
source url It is rather as if a historian of the 20th-century British Empire felt obliged to turn anthropologist and make space for large chunks of Evans-Pritchard on the Southern Sudan. This is not meant as negative criticism. Brigden is less interested in Wales, to which she devotes just two paragraphs, and the Cornish, with the vanishing Cheshire cat of their language, are only remembered when they were revolting, in and , which one hopes will not provide a lesson for the depressed and neglected Cornish in the early 21st century.
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