Owen Roe O'Neill by John Francis Taylor

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... chapter xii. owen agonistes. jrom the "Instructions" of the Papal Court to the Nuncio, and from the Nuncio's own letters and reports, we may infer that Rinuccini's policy in Ireland was not directed in favour of King Charles, nor of the new English sovereignty created by the Act of 1542. Imbued with the strictest legal conceptions, the Roman Curia continued to look upon the English occupation of Ireland as founded upon the Bull of Adrian iv.; and it may well be that Pope Innocent X. and his advisers saw in the Act of 1542 a substantial repudiation of the Papal suzerainty which worked a forfeiture of Pope Adrian's grant. At the very least, therefore, Rinuccini aimed at the annulment of the Act of Henry viii. by which England and Ireland were declared subject to the one crown; and it 1 possible that his aim went farther, even to the total separation of Ireland from England. Different as were the paths by which results were reached, it is clear that between Rinuccini and O'Neill there was much in common. Between the Nuncio and the lords of the Pale the case was very different. The lords only desired the removal of disabilities and the repeal of penal statutes, leaving unquestioned all the prerogatives of the Crown on which their own titles to church lands rested. Although claiming more immunity for the Church, and desiring the restoration of Church property, the bishops, especially those of Anglo-Irish descent, stopped short of all intention to disturb the rights of the Crown. By the natural drift of events, therefore, Rinuccini was brought more and more into close alliance with Owen O'Neill and the bishops like Heber M'Mahon and Art Magennis who were adherents of Owen. United in purpose and in sympathy, the Nuncio and the Irish...

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