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A New History of IrelandEarly Modern Ireland 1534-1691$
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T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, and F. J. Byrne

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562527

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562527.001.0001

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The Breakdown of Authority, 1640–41

The Breakdown of Authority, 1640–41

(p.270) Chapter X The Breakdown of Authority, 1640–41
A New History of Ireland

Aidan Clarke

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the interaction of English and Scottish developments and their influence in Ireland. The prorogation of the Scottish parliament marked the initiation of a new policy. Its more detailed development followed quickly upon the return of the king's lord high commissioner from Scotland. The confidence which led Wentworth to make the Irish parliament an integral part of his plan to solve the problems of the king's other kingdoms was based in part upon his perverse belief that opposition to his administration was self-interested and unrepresentative and in part upon the calculation that the desire to ensure the defeat of the Scots would take precedence over other considerations for most members. In England, Charles had outwardly cooperated with parliament since Strafford's death and had acquiesced in measures which had significantly restricted his authority, but privately he sought the means of retrieving his position and came to believe that Scotland might provide them.

Keywords:   Scottish parliament, Scotland, Wentworth, Charles, Strafford

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