Political Discourse in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Ireland

  • D. George Boyce
  • Robert Eccleshall
  • Vincent Geoghegan

About this book


This collection explores the complex political thinking of a fundamental period of Irish history. It moves from the political, religious and military turmoil of the seventeenth century, through the years of the protestant ascendancy, to the revolutionary events at the end of the eighteenth century. The book addresses the basic conflicts of the age. In the case of religious politics it examines the hopes, anxieties, and interactions of Anglicans, Catholics and Presbyterians. It investigates the great political issues of the day - the constitutional thinkers and politicians involved in these struggles. Light is thrown on the great and the good - Swift and Molyneux, Grattan and Lucas - as well as on a huge cast of forgotten or never known figures, be they royal officials, lawyers, clergymen, landowners, or popular writers. A whole world of vibrant political debate is exposed.


Anglican Church conflict constitution eighteenth century historiography history politics Protest revolution

Editors and affiliations

  • D. George Boyce
    • 1
  • Robert Eccleshall
    • 2
  • Vincent Geoghegan
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WalesSwanseaUK
  2. 2.School of PoliticsQueen’s UniversityBelfastUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-40293-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-3272-3
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