The rapid acquisition of knowledge about Ireland in Tudor times constituted a discovery of no small importance for the development of the early modern English state. How the Tudors, and the most influential members of the political establishment who served them, came to be acquainted with Ireland – with its history, with its politics and economy, with its people, and with its geography – and how that acquired knowledge was applied is the subject of this book. It includes in its analysis an edition of a previously unexamined 16th-century manuscript – the Hatfield Compendium – as a means of exploring the phenomenon of knowledge acquisition and its relationship to the determination of Tudor policy. The book shows that before the Tudor conquest of Ireland there was the Tudor discovery of Ireland. an impressively well written work of exceptional scholarship…. A welcome and very highly recommended addition to personal, community, and academic library Irish History, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and Irish Archaeology reference collections and supplemental studies lists.” — Midwest Book Review, Reviewer’s Bookwatch: January 2016, Mason’s Bookshelf [Subject: History, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, Irish Studies, Archaeology.