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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 Royal Supremacy and Ecclesiastical Revolution, 1534–47

The Royal Supremacy and Ecclesiastical Revolution, 1534–47

(p.39) Chapter II The Royal Supremacy and Ecclesiastical Revolution, 1534–47
A New History of Ireland

G. A. Hayes-Mccoy

Oxford University Press

The fact that the population of the island was made up of two elements, Gaelic Irish and Old English, was the central feature of Irish life throughout the 16th century. From the time of the statutes of Kilkenny to the reign of Henry VIII, English policy had sought to maintain this duality. This chapter discusses the assertion of sovereignty of the king and ecclesiastical revolution in 1534 to 1547. The assertion of sovereignty was accomplished by the parliament St Léger summoned in 1541. The closing years of Henry VIII's reign were peaceful, if, for the English government in Ireland, poverty-stricken, and, for the Dublin officials, acrimonious.

Keywords:   Gaelic Irish, Old English, Kilkenny, Henry VIII, St Leger, Dublin

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