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The Life of Richard Kane [PDF]

by Bruce Laurie
Richard Kane was born in the village of Duneane, in the Ulster county of Antrim, in 1662. He grew up in the turbulent years of the Restoration, which culminated in the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688. It was an age of many conflicting loyalties, and of these Kane chose the "English interest," the central pillar of which was the defense of the Protestant realm against the growing menace of the Catholic monarch Louis XIV. By the time William III landed in Carrickfergus in 1690 Kane had already joined a British regiment. It was incorporated into William's army and with it Kane marched south (thus becoming one of the first "Orangemen") to participate in the Battle of the Boyne. This and other battles in William's victorious campaign saw the end of Catholic political influence in Ireland at that time, and the imposition of the cruel Penal Laws. The next phase in the struggle against the hegemony of Louis XIV was the War of the Spanish Succession. Kane and his regiment fought with the Duke of Marlborough in all the land campaigns of this war. Later Kane participated in Viscount Bolingbroke's secret, ill-fated Canadian expedition in 1711, which returned to England without ever having set foot in Canada. A year later Queen Anne appointed Kane Lieutenant-governor of Minorca, a small but strategically placed Mediterranean island, which, with Gibraltar, was the key to the domination of the Mediterranean. Coveted by the great powers for a century, it was wrested from its Bourbon rulers by General Stanhope in 1708. "It is Our Resolution to render you a Rich and Flourishing People" was Queen Anne's first message to the (Catholic) Minorcan people as Kane took up his appointment. Was Kane, with his background, the right man for this job? Although his epistolary battles with the island's Catholic clergy give some confirmation to these doubts, he governed Minorca for almost twenty-five years, ending his life beloved by the people he had ruled so stormily. He introduced new breeds
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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherFairleigh Dickinson University Press
File size7.6 Mb
Release date 01.03.1994
Pages count291
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1. Persia Emily | 05.03.2011 17:33

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Thank you! Great book!

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