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Catholic Reformation in IrelandThe Mission of Rinuccini 1645-1649$
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Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208914.001.0001

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The End of the Nunciature

The End of the Nunciature

(p.198) CHAPTER SIX The End of the Nunciature
Catholic Reformation in Ireland

Tadhg Ó hAnnrachÁin

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GianBattista Rinuccini's last year in Ireland has attracted more attention from Irish historians than any other year of the nunciature. To some extent, this can be attributed to the fact that this was the year which saw the emergence of the fragile royalist coalition which ultimately and unsuccessfully confronted Oliver Cromwell. Thus it marks the beginning of the end of the often confusing intricacies of confederate politics. Those same intricacies have perhaps appeared less worth unravelling because of the degree to which Cromwellian simplicity later rendered them irrelevant. To some degree the interregnum restored ‘normality’ to 17th-century Irish history by re-establishing the centrality of the relationship between a government under control from Britain and the Irish population which, during the confederate period, had been occluded by the collapse of the English state in most of the island. Rinuccini's most notable accomplishment was to impede the formation of a unified party capable of resisting the 1649 invasion.

Keywords:   GianBattista Rinuccini, royalist coaltion, nunciature, Oliver Cromwell, confederates, truce, clergy, bishops, Catholics

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