Serving France, Ireland and England: Ruvigny, Earl of Galway, 1648–1720, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Serving France, Ireland and England

Ruvigny, Earl of Galway, 1648–1720, 1st Edition

By Marie M. Léoutre


238 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This book assesses the service of Henri de Ruvigny, later earl of Galway, in France until the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685, his central role in transforming Ireland in the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution, and his service of the British monarchy as administrator, military commander and diplomat. The analysis rests on underutilized sources in French, shedding light on a hitherto overlooked civil servant in this crucial period of Irish and British history, wrought with constitutional crises, but also on the Protestant International and the lesser-known fronts of the war of 1689-1697.

Table of Contents


1. The Ruvignys in the Service of Louis XIV, 1627-1685

2. Leading the Protestant International

3. War and Diplomacy in Northern Italy, 1693-1696

4. Government and Parliament in Ireland, 1697

5. Community of Culture vs. Community of Interest: Linen and Wool, 1697-1699

6. Galway and the Army in Ireland

7. A Tangled Alliance: The Iberian Peninsula, 1702-1713

8. Settling Scores: Galway’s Censure and the Pamphlet War, 1710-1711

9. Politics and Security in Ireland, 1715-1717


About the Author

Marie M. Léoutre has worked at the Manuscripts Department of the National Library of Ireland, as a Researcher for the Irish Government’s Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation and is now a Research Assistant for Marsh’s Library in Dublin.

About the Series

Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650-1750

Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650-1750
Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650-1750 Focusing on the years between the end of the Thirty Years' War and the end of the War of the Austrian Succession, this series seeks to broaden scholarly knowledge of this crucial period that witnessed the solidification of Europe into centralized nation states and created a recognizably modern political map. Bridging the gap between the early modern period of the Reformation and the eighteenth century of colonial expansion and industrial revolution, these years provide a fascinating era of study in which nationalism, political dogma, economic advantage, scientific development, cultural and artistic interests and strategic concerns began to compete with religion as the driving force of European relations and national foreign policies. The period under investigation, the second half of the seventeenth century and the first half of the eighteenth, corresponds with the decline of Spanish power and the rise of French hegemony that was only to be finally broken following the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. This shifting political power base presented opportunities and dangers for many countries, resulting in numerous alliances between formerly hostile nations attempting to consolidate or increase their international influence, or restrain that of a rival. These contests of power were closely bound up with political, cultural and economic issues: particularly the strains of state building, trade competition, religious tension and toleration, accommodating flows of migrants and refugees, the birth pangs of rival absolutist and representative systems of government, radical structures of credit, and new ways in which wider publics interacted with authority. Despite this being a formative period in the formation of the European landscape, there has been relatively little research on it compared to the earlier Reformation, and the later revolutionary eras. By providing a forum that encourages scholars to engage with the forces that were shaping the continent - either in a particular country, or taking a trans-national or comparative approach - it is hoped a greater understanding of this pivotal era will be forthcoming.

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HISTORY / General