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PUBLIC LIBIZY

124483

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN POUNDATIONS

1939

(The rights of translation and of reproduction are reserved.) PREFACE.

The present volume is an attempt to lay before the reader an outline of the leading features of the history of Ireland down to the time when that country ceased to be a separate kingdom. Since the union of the two Parliaments, Irish history has become inextricably blended with the history of Great Britain ; and any attempt to relate it would entail a task of far greater magnitude, and one beyond the scope of a popular work.

The author can take no credit for original research. The principal materials of which use has been made are the very numerous historical works bearing on the subject, written from very diverse points of view; the Opublished State papers ; the published correspondence of eminent statesmen; and the statutes of the realm. Wherever passages appear between inverted commas the quotations come from the three latter sources.

It is hoped that a full chronological table and a list of the chief governors of Ireland will to some extent supply the deficiencies in the text, which are almost unavoidable in such a sketch as is here presented.

C. G. W.

3, Dr. Johnson's BUILDINGS, TEMPLE,

April, 1882.

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I. CONDITION OF THE EARLY IRISH
II. CHRISTIANITY AMONG The Early Irish
III. THE SCANDINAVIAN TYRANNY

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1. THE TURN OF THE TIDE II. THE REHABILITATION OF THE ENGLISH GOVERNMENT III. THE CONFISCATION OF THE CHURCH LANDS

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