The Nine Years War, 1593-1603: O'Neill, Mountjoy and the Military Revolution (Paperback)
The Nine Years War was one of the most traumatic in the history of Ireland. Backed by Philip II of Spain, Tyrone outclassed the forces of the English Crown, achieving a string of stunning victories and bringing the power of Elizabeth I in Ireland to the brink of collapse. Lord Mountjoy reformed the demoralized English army and rolled back the advances achieved by Tyrone. Mountjoy's success was crowned by his shattering defeat of Tyrone and his Spanish allies at Kinsale in 1601, which ultimately led to the earl's submission in 1603, though not before famine, misery and atrocity took their toll on the people of Ireland. .
James O’Neill is an alumnus of the QUB History department. He completed a two year post-doctorate fellowship in the School of History, University College Cork, before returning to Belfast where he now works as a heritage consultant, specializing in battlefield/conflict archaeology.
"Archaeologist O'Neill has written a highly informative study of the earl of Tyrone's long war to free Gallic Ireland from English rule. This is the first full treatment of the entire course of the war that brought English rule in Ireland to the point of collapse by 1598. Extensively documented with a useful glossary of military terms. Recommended." —Choice, Vol. 55, No. 7, March 2018