Lords of the ascendancy : the Irish House of Lords and its members, 1600-1800 /
Francis G. James.
Washington, DC : Catholic University of America Press, c1995.
248 p. ; 24 cm.
0813208408 (alk. paper)
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Washington, DC : Catholic University of America Press, c1995.
0813208408 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-228) and index.
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James tracks the Irish House of Lords and, to a lesser extent, the Irish peerage through a period of dramatic upheaval. Focusing on the active members of Lords, James mixes social and institutional history in an examination of their origins, social relations, politics, and parliamentary structures and procedures. Influenced by revisionists like S.J. Connolly, he argues that the 18th-century Irish Ascendancy was dominated by families whose roots went back to 12th-century Anglo-Norman conquerors; the pre-1640 aristocracy had been diminished, but not destroyed, by the disruptions of the Civil War. Even the Williamite war was less disruptive of the peerage than traditionally believed. By the 18th century the Irish peerage was becoming a homogeneous blend of Gaelic, Norman, English, Scottish, and Welsh stock. This book is as much a synthesis of secondary sources as a piece of primary research, bringing together much recent revisionist work. The appendixes provide genealogical details about specific peers. Students will find it a helpful handbook, despite a distressing number of typographical errors and misspellings. Upper-division undergraduates and above. H. T. Blethen Western Carolina University
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 9
Originsp. 11
Divided Loyaltiesp. 23
The Struggle for Ascendancyp. 40
Defining the Character of the Ascendancyp. 53
The Composition and Procedure of the House of Lordsp. 73
Absentee and Inactive Peersp. 87
The Lay Peerage: Profile of an Elitep. 99
Noblesse Oblige?p. 112
The Lords Spiritualp. 131
The Final Yearsp. 150
Appendicesp. 171
Notesp. 187
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 229
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