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Only within such limits could cross-cultural encounters take place and, in English writing at least, on the terms of the conqueror. 2 English Colonialism and National Identity in Early Modern Ireland In December 1599, the Jesuit Henry FitzSimmons was imprisoned in Dublin Castle for five years for preaching heresy and spreading sedition. Feared more than virtually anyone else in some important government circles, FitzSimmons was convicted partly on the testimony of one George Taylor. Taylor recalled speeches from November at Mr Blackney’s house, when The said Henry, having talked of the state of the country, uttered that the rebels had won a great part of the country.
34 The problem for both Old and New English was to account for this deficiency. Edmund Campion, the Jesuit martyr and a close friend of Stanihurst, his former student at Oxford, assembled his History of Ireland somewhat hastily at the Stanihursts’ Dublin residence between August 1570 and May–June 1571, when he was fleeing from the English authorities before becoming a Jesuit exile (Stanihurst, in turn, made great use of Campion’s work when writing his history and description for Holinshed’s Chronicles).
Indeed, given the logic of the argument, genocide is a policy option which has to be either endorsed or rejected: I persuade in no wise anie more to mixe English with the Irish in replanting the Country with English inhabitants, which must be a course necessary to be helde yet I would not the bloud of them should be extinct, but all the race of them to be translated out of Ireland. (p. 51 The ‘discovery’ of Sir John Davies’s A Discovery of the True Causes why Ireland was never entirely subdued is that English law was never properly spread throughout all of Ireland, so the Irish were never given a vested interest in serving the state: I note as a great defect in the Civill policy of this kingdom .