'William Molyneux's Case of Ireland, stated' book launch
25 January | 5.30pm | Iveagh House, 80 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
The Irish Legal History Society and Four Courts Press are hosting a book launch for William Molyneux’s Case of Ireland, stated, a critical edition of the text with an introduction and notes by Patrick Hyde Kelly. This event will take place on Friday 25 January, in the prestigious surrounds of Iveagh House, Dublin. Professor Ian McBride, Foster Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, University of Oxford, will officially launch the book.
About the book:
Regarded as the most celebrated Irish political pamphlet published before 1801, William Molyneux’s Case of Ireland, stated (1698) was written to demonstrate that English statutes did not become of force in Ireland until they had been re-enacted by the Irish parliament. For all its fame, The Case’s mass of legal precedents and seemingly contradictory arguments make it a work that requires elucidation for the modern reader. This new edition presents a critical text, based on the manuscripts of The Case in the Trinity College Dublin library, together with explanatory notes, and a re-examination of the historical background and the sources on which Molyneux drew. The arguments in The Case, set out in a form analogous to presenting a legal case in court, are shown to be a significant response to the contemporary pamphlet debate on Irish woollen exports and the legal competence of the Irish house of lords, rather than the stand-alone publication the book has often been treated as.