History of the Political Connection Between England and Ireland; From the Reign of Henry II. to the Present Time
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1780 Excerpt: ... ed London, Henry despatched Sir William Sheffington, whom he had appointed Deputy, and a considerable reinforcement of troops to suppress it. Lord Thomas opposed their landing, and was successful in some encounters against them. His Irish militia, however, deserted him, and he was obliged to submit himself to the mercy of the King. The resentment of Henry, unsatisfied with one victim, threatened destruction to the family of Kildare. He committed Lord Thomas to the Tower, and ordered his new Lieutenant, Lord Grey, to seize five of his uncles, three of whom were known to have disapproved and opposed the rebellion. They were all conveyed to London, and, with their nephew, suffered the punishment of traitors. The reformation of religion, which Henry was now anxious to introduce into Ireland, concurred to embarrass the political state of that country. The clergy, in general, heard with astonishment, that the supremacy of the Pope was disputed, and that their monarch arrogated to himself an authority, from which his ancestors and his parliaments had declared he derived his sovereignty. In vain did Henry's commissioners, who had been sent to convert his Irish subjects, endeavour to evince the invalidity of the Pope's claim, by entering into controversy with bigotted and ignorant ecclesiastics, who had no rule of faith but their habits and their passions. Henry expected to find his laysubjects more docile and manageable; Lord Gray was, therefore, commanded to summon a parliament, to take this and other weighty matters into consideration. The parliament was assembled at Dublin; and as no transmission of bills had been made, conformable to the law of Poynings, one of i 1536. Irish Statutes. of the first acts was to dispense with that formality in regard to the busi...
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