Protestants number some 65,000, of whom half are Italian and half foreign.
It suffered much during the Wars of Religion, especially in 1568 after its capture by the Protestants under Coligny.
The original purpose of this society was no more than the formation of a political union between Roman Catholics and Protestants, with a view to obtaining a liberal measure of parliamentary reform; it was only when that object appeared to be unattainable by constitutional methods that the majority of the members adopted the more uncompromising opinions which Wolfe Tone held from the first, and conspired to establish an Irish republic by armed rebellion.
During the time when the influence of the Protestants was uppermost.
Granted the Letter of Majesty, they were half the Protestants in Bohemia and more than half in Moravia.