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“Companions of martiall noblenesse”: Military circles and books in early Stuart England

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This chapter opens with a survey of the English military experience during the first quarter of the seventeenth century, tracing the involvement of English troops in the wars in Ireland, the Low Countries and, the Palatinate. It is devoted to the English military circles formed at home and abroad around Prince Henry and Francis and Horace Vere, the military books used by members of these circles, and the influence these military patrons and their circles had on the shaping of policy and the reformation of the military practice in England. With thousands of soldiers going to and from the Low Countries, military culture in England was never wholly exorcised from developments taking place on the continent. The chapter discusses how the members of the military circles attached to the Veres and Prince Henry were paramount to development of the military arts in England.

Keywords: England; Horace Vere; Low Countries; military arts; military books; military circles; Palatinate; Prince Henry



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