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He shunned the ducal court and allied himself instead with the donors of his altarpieces: small bankers, armigerous traders, merchant grocers, stationers and master tanners, and others less rich, such as the nuns and brothers who tended the patients at the Hospital of St.
Okill, who was already armigerous by heredity through his Loyalist ancestor, the Reverend Dr.
Thomas More's low opinion of the armigerous nobility being well-known, I want to consider the socio-political ramifications of the two most important Irish tracts: Spenser's A View of the Present State of Ireland (1596) and Sir John Davies's A Discovery of the True Causes Why Ireland Was Never Entirely Subdued (1612).
The armigerous nobility in particular "are pernicious to any country .