English Newsbooks and Irish Rebellion, 1641-49
By David O'Hara
Between 1641 and 1649 Charles I experienced either civil war or insurrection in his three kingdoms. These events also triggered a revolution in the English press world - the advent of the first weekly newsbooks to communicate domestic occurrences. While conflict between king and parliament in England created an unprecedented demand for news for much of this time, it was the Irish rebellion of 1641 that was the catalyst in the birth and continued popularity of these publications. This book examines how these serials reported the insurrection to their readers, and how all parties in England used news from Ireland in a paper war that accompanied armed hostilities.
Publication Date: 5/23/2006