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Propaganda in the 16th century
 
A. (Top) Catholic propaganda print, showing martial law used against Irish Catholic dissidents as well as political enemies.

R. Verstegan, Theatrum Crudelitatus Haerticorum, 1583

B. (Bottom) Tudor representation of the outdoor dining habits of an Irish king.
John Derrick, Image of Ireland, 1581

1. Sit in pairs, back to back, and one describes to the other the visual sources A or B.
Or
Working in pairs, give labels to the visual sources, A and B.


2. Look again at source B - the Irish king dining outdoors.

A woodcut, it is one of the few visual sources we have of Ireland in the 16th century.

What can you learn from the picture?

Does it give you any clue about the engraver’s opinion of the Irish?


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Sources & activities

Ireland: Propaganda & plantations
1. Irish priests attacked (1583) - Picture A above
2. An English view of Irish customs (1581) - Picture B above
3. An English view of Plantation (1612)
4. The Munster Rebellion (1599)
5. A Plantation Estate (1598)
6. Massacres of Protestants (1641)