Published posthumously in 1786, John Curry's Review of the Civil Wars in Ireland is an extensive and balanced look at a time of enormous turmoil in Ireland. Curry was a highly regarded medical doctor, he was also a very insightful scholar of Irish history. Tracing his own ancestry back to the O'Corra family, his family took an active role in Irish political affairs. His grandfather was killed at the battle of Aughrim commanding a troop of horse in the army of King James. Having been bared from studying at the University of Dublin because of his religion Curry moved to Paris to study medicine, before returning to Dublin to practice. The book itself is split over two volumes. Volume one begins with the state of the country and its inhabitants from the time of Henry II. Covering several insurrections, the Spanish invasion, the condition of the country at various stages, the flight of the earls, the enforcement of the penal laws, the Irish parliament, the surrender of the earl or Ormond and volume one finishes a Ormond prepares to the country. Volume two begins with Ormond's return and the peace of 1648, which was followed by the arrival of Cromwell in Ireland and the end of the Confederate wars in Ireland. Volume two concludes with the Williamite-Jacobite war and the surrender of Limerick. Following the conclusion of this part of volume two there is another long section on the State of Catholics in Ireland which is followed by lengthy appendices. For anyone wishing to learn more about this period of Irish history this is a very valuable publication.
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