Religion, Law, and Power: The Making of Protestant Ireland, 1660-1760
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. S. J. 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-industrialized society, in which social order depended less on the ramshackle apparatus of coercion than on complex structures of deference and mutual accommodation, along with the absence of credible challengers to the dominance of a landed elite; 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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The classic example in the first half of the eighteenth century was of course
William Conolly . Conolly was not , as tradition has it , the son of an innkeeper
raised to great heights in the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution . Already
before 1688 ...
Instead of party conflict , there was now a struggle for supremacy between two
Whig factions , that of Midleton and that of his former ally , William Conolly .
Faced with a series of lord lieutenants disposed to favour Conolly , Midleton ,
The Peerage Bill , intended to limit future ennoblements to the filling up of
vacancies caused by the extinction of existing ... general statement that
Marmaduke Coghill , no retiring backbencher but an aide and eventual heir to
William Conolly ...
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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
A New Ireland
An Élite and its World
The Structure of Politics
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