Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Christopher Maginn Christopher Maginn
Professor of History
Office Location: Lowenstein Building 422C
Phone: (212) 636-7554
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Author of ‘Civilizing’ Gaelic Leinster: the extension of Tudor rule in the O’Byrne and O’Toole lordships (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2005), winner of the 2005 Irish Historical Research Prize, Dr Maginn has contributed a number of biographies of sixteenth and early seventeenth-century figures to Oxford’s New Dictionary of National Biography (2004). His first article, ‘The Baltinglass rebellion, 1580: English dissent or a Gaelic uprising?’, was published in Historical Journal, 47 (2004). Other essays examining English marcher society in late medieval Ireland and aspects of the mid-Tudor crisis subsequently appeared in Irish Historical Studies, 34(2004) and Historical Research, 78 (2005) respectively. Two of his essays examining the economic and social history of early modern Ireland were published in J.S. Donnelly (ed.) Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture (MacMillan, 2004). More recent articles have explored the Tudor policy of ‘surrender and regrant’ and its implementation in Ireland: ‘”Surrender and regrant” in the historiography of sixteenth-century Ireland’ was published in Sixteenth Century Journal: journal of early modern studies, 38(2007); ‘Surrender and Regrant mark II: the indenture between Brian O’Rourke, chief of west Breifne, and Sir Nicholas Malby (1577)’ and ‘The limits of Tudor reform: the policy of “surrender and regrant” and the O’Rourkes’ were published in the 2006 and 2007 editions of Bréifne: Journal of Cumann Seanchais Bhréifne. Another study, ‘Contesting the sovereignty of early modern Ireland’, appeared in History Ireland in late 2007.

Dr Maginn has recently completed a comparative survey entitled The Making of the British Isles: the state of Britain and Ireland, 1450-1660 (Pearson Longman, London, 2007) with Professor Steven G. Ellis of NUI, Galway. His current book-length project looks at the career of the Tudor soldier/statesman Sir James Croft (1517/18-90). As a border administrator and conspirator, a parliamentarian and privy councillor, and a man whose ideas concerning the nature of Tudor government and its political direction had far-reaching implications, Croft offers a unique perspective from which to view the Tudor period. It is hoped that these most prominent themes of Croft’s long career will be integrated into a wide-ranging analysis of Tudor government and policy in the British Isles. Dr Maginn has also begun a new project considering the role played by William Cecil in the formation of Tudor thinking and policy in Ireland.

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