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“Tudor” Ireland is the name we give to the period of Irish history when the Tudor Dynasty was in control in England. This period lasted from 1541 when Henry VIII had himself decared King (and not just feudal Lord) of Ireland until the death of Elizabeth I and the surrender of The O’Neill in 1603.
This is a significant period in Irish clothing history for two reasons. First, because of the on-going war with England, we have the most comprehensive record of what the Irish wore as recorded by English and Continental writers. Second, the surrender of The O’Neill marked the end of Gaelic power in the country and the clothing may be considered the last of the truly “distinctively Irish dress.” It is also forunate that more extant clothing survived from this period than any other.
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