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The kingdom of Ireland, 1641-1760
Barnard, T. C. (Toby Christopher)
Publication Information:
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2004]

Physical Description:
vii, 205 pages ; 22 cm.

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How did the Protestants gain a monopoly over the running of Ireland and replace the Catholics as rulers and landowners? To answer this question, Toby Barnard:

- examines the Catholics' attempt to regain control over their own affairs, first in the 1640s and then between 1689 and 1691
- outlines how military defeats doomed the Catholics to subjection, allowing Protestants to tighten their grip over the government
- studies in detail the mechanisms - both national and local - through which Protestant control was exercised.

Focusing on the provinces as well as Dublin, and on the subjects as well as the rulers, Barnard draws on an abundance of unfamiliar evidence to offer unparalleled insights into Irish lives during a troubled period.

Author Notes

TOBY BARNARD is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Hertford College, Oxford and has published numerous books and essays on Irish history. He is also an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy.

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In this concise history, Barnard (Hertford College, Oxford) examines the confessional state created by Ireland from 1641 to 1691 and the strategies and institutions through which a small Protestant minority replaced a Catholic majority and established control of government and property. The author investigates how this dominance was maintained and exercised over the following 80 years. This is not so much a narrative history as an analysis of laws and processes; of institutions at both the national and local levels; and of relationships between Catholic and Protestant elites, Ireland and England, and rulers and the Catholic masses. Barnard draws on interesting new evidence to conclude that the new Protestant state, despite its obvious dominance, failed to create the kind of stable community that Britain desired in Ireland and describes how, after 1760, the British government began the difficult task of returning Ireland's government to its Catholic majority. The discussion of further readings provides a valuable evaluation of published works in the field. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Of primary interest to advanced students of Irish history. C. W. Wood Jr. Western Carolina University

Table of Contents

The Kingdom of Ireland: Land and Peoples
Rebellions and Reconquests, 1641-1691
Governing Ireland, 1692-1760
Rulers and Ruled
Catholic Masses and Protestant Elites
Further Reading