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A New History of IrelandEarly Modern Ireland 1534-1691$
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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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THE WAR OF THE TWO KINGS, 1685–91

THE WAR OF THE TWO KINGS, 1685–91

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(p.478) Chapter XIX THE WAR OF THE TWO KINGS, 1685–91
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A New History of Ireland
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J. G. Simms

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562527.003.0019

The long struggle for power between Catholics and Protestants offered to Catholics an unusually favourable prospect of establishing their predominance. They were supporting the legitimate claimant to the throne and were in control of the army and the administrative system. This chapter describes the English revolution and the war between King William and King Louis XIV. The replacement of James II by William in England created a crisis in Ireland. The king of France, Louis XIV, supported the Jacobite regime and espoused the cause of James and and war between the two nations followed. William, the rival claimant, showed energy and leadership when he did so. His armies and their equipment, after a poor beginning in 1689, were stronger than those of his opponent, and it was to the credit of the Irish army that it resisted as long as it did.

Keywords:   James II, Louis XIV, William, Catholics, Protestants, Jacobite regime

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