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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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Selling Royal Favours, 1624–32

Selling Royal Favours, 1624–32

(p.233) Chapter VIII Selling Royal Favours, 1624–32
A New History of Ireland

Aidan Clarke

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the formulation of the English government of Irish policies. The diplomacy of pacification brought incidental benefits to Catholics in Ireland, but the inspiration was transient convenience, the source was royal indulgence, and the substance was elusive. As the effects of the abrupt reversal of English foreign policy worked themselves out, the initiative passed gradually from the crown to its subjects in Ireland. In preventing the English government from formulating its Irish policies without reference to the interests and opinions of Protestants in Ireland, they achieved an emergent independence of identity that was increasingly to complicate Anglo-Irish relations. As the restraints that the diplomacy of war had forced upon the government in Ireland were gradually lifted, an early opportunity was taken to meet widespread criticism in both Ireland and England by discontinuing the tacit policy of religious toleration.

Keywords:   pacification, Catholics, Irish policies, Protestants, Anglo-Irish relations, religious toleration

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