Reviews of Books

C. H. FIRTH
1904 English Historical Review  
summarises the condition of Ireland during the period which followed the treaty of Limerick. Mr. Wilson's work shows considerable research in the pamphlet literature of the period, while Miss Murray illustrates her subject by extracts from the hitherto unpublished manuscripts of Archbishop King in Trinity College Library. Some sources which might have been used with advantage are neglected. Mr. Wilson appears to make no use either of the Reports of the Historical Manuscripts Commission, or of
more » ... Commission, or of Prendergast's Report on the Carte MSS. in the Bodleian Library, or of bis Ireland from the Restoration to the Revolution. Camille Bousset's Louvois and the memoirs of Dumont de Bostaqaet both contain much information of value as to the campaigns which ended in the battles of the Boyne and Aughrim. The history of Ireland from 1660 to 1692 deserves and requires detailed treatment, and it is to be hoped that Mr. Wilson will be encouraged to continue his researches upon the period and to write a history of it upon a larger scale. The Calendars of the Ormonde MSS., now in course of publication, and the Carte papers in the Bodleian Library supply ample material, and there is no adequate account of that part of Irish history in existence. While the papers written by Mr. Gwynn, Mr. Wilson, and Miss Murray are scholarly in treatment and unexceptionable in tone, those contributed to the volume by two other writers cannot be given this praise. Mr. Mangan's paper on the sieges of Deny and Limerick is written in a dashing popular style, but shows no sign of original work, and is a clever magazine artiole rather than a serious contribution to Irish history. Sir William Butler's paper on ' Cromwell in Ireland' is a mixture of passion and prejudice, enlivened by historical blunders, which tends to discredit the collection to which it has been very unwisely prefixed. C. H. FIBTH. After Worcester Fight. By ALLAN FKA. (London : John Lane. 1904.) THIS is a reprint of five contemporary narratives of the escape of Charles II after the battle of Worcester, and forms a supplement to
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