Disappointing Friends: France and the Confederate Catholics of Ireland, 1642-48

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Title: Disappointing Friends: France and the Confederate Catholics of Ireland, 1642-48
Authors: Ó hAnnracháin, Tadhg
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7905
Date: 2014
Abstract: This article examines the interactions between the Confederate Catholics of Ireland and France during the 1640s. Despite the mutual goodwill between the governments, ultimately this relationship proved disappointing to both parties. The Confederate Catholics did not receive the level of support from France which they had hoped for from the beginning of the rebellion in Ireland. On the other hand, France’s policies in Ireland largely failed. Mazarin’s government failed to make use of Irish resources to fashion a successful anti-parliamentarian coalition in Ireland as a launching-pad for the resuscitation of the royalist position throughout the archipelago. French recruitment policies in Ireland also proved unsuccessful as the French received fewer recruits during the Confederate period than either immediately before or immediately after the association’s existence. From their perspective, a certain limited advantage was gained by the fact that Spain also was unable to profit from Irish recruiting grounds during the 1640s, but the failure of the attempts to re-establish the Stuart monarchy ultimately undermined even this small achievement, when Spain gained disproportionately from the mass exodus of Irish soldiers following the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in the early 1650s.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Monde Anglophone (LERMA)
Keywords: FranceMercenariesRecruitmentWar of the Three KingdomsConfederate CatholicsIrish Catholic ConfederationFranco-Irish relationsMilitary recruitment
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:History Research Collection

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