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Marianne Elliott

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318078

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317774

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Ascendancy on the Attack

Ascendancy on the Attack

(p.174) Thirteen Ascendancy on the Attack
Wolfe Tone
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the Protestant Ascendancy's response to the growing militancy of the Catholic Committee. It discusses the Committee's efforts to seek a popular mandate to convene nationally and the court's decision that its activities were unconstitutional and destructive to Protestant Ascendancy and the constitution as established in 1688. This chapter also mentions that Theobald Wolfe Tone convinced the Catholics to base their demand for the franchise on the Paineite principle of the people's right to vote for the laws by which it was governed.

Keywords:   Protestant Ascendancy, Catholic Committee, militancy, constitution, Theobald Wolfe Tone, Paineite principle

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