Giovanni Battista Rinuccini

Giovanni Battista Rinuccini was the Papal Nuncio sent to Ireland during the 1640s in the aftermath of the Ulster Rebellion and insurrection. The Papacy provided money to the Confederates as other Catholic powers began to tire of constant warfare and of further commitments. This money gave Giovanni Battista Rinuccini increased influence amidst the Catholic Confederates. However, his hardline stance put him at odds with more moderate Confederates who were willing to compromise with a king under immense pressure and difficulties. He was blamed by some Confederates for allowing the golden opportunity to extract concessions to pass through being too uncompromising. The arrival of Oliver Cromwell and the Parliamentarian army in Ireland in 1649 ended any immediate opportunity for concessions towards Catholicism.

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