Religion, Law, and Power: The Making of Protestant Ireland, 1660-1760

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Clarendon Press, 1995 - History - 346 pages
This is a study of religion, politics, and society in a period of great significance in modern Irish history. The late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries saw the consolidation of the power of the Protestant landed class, the enactment of penal laws against Catholics, and constitutional conflicts that forced Irish Protestants to redefine their ideas of national identity. Connolly's scholarly and wide-ranging study examines these developments and sets them in their historical context. The Ireland that emerges from his lucid and penetrating analysis was essentially a part of ancien regime Europe: a pre-industrial society in which the dominance of a landed elite depended on maintaining the balance between coercion, deference, and an absence of credible pretenders to power; in which the ties of patronage and clientship were often more important than horizontal bonds of shared economic or social position; and in which religion remained a central part of personal and political motivation.

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An excellent work of thematic history, covering class, politics, religion, law and order, and the Pensl Laws. Excellent discussion on the extent to which Catholics were a threat. Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Dr Connolly is author of Priests and People in Pre-Famine Ireland 1780-1845 (Gill and MacMillan, Dublin, 1982), and eligion and Society in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, Dundalk, 1985).

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