Catholic Reformation in Ireland
The Mission of Rinuccini 1645-1649
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 338
Width: 16.3 cm
Height: 24.2 cm
The success of the Irish Counter-Reformation was a crucial development in the history of the island and subsequently a vital component in the troubled relationship between Ireland and Britain. For centuries the politics of the archipelago have been affected by conflicts whose deepest roots are located in the religious changes of the seventeenth century. This book offers a scholarly and dramatic reappraisal of a central episode in the extension of Catholic reform to the island, the papal nunciature of GianBattista Rinuccini. Tadhg 'O hAnnrach'ain situates Rinuccini's mission in its wider European context, and provides an entirely new perspective, not only on the man at the heart of events during the turbulent 1640s, but also on the seventeenth-century penetration of Catholic reform into Ireland and on the Irish theatre of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.
A highly valuable study ... brings the study of Ireland in the 1640s to a new level of sophistication. * Alan Ford, Times Literary Supplement * ... a very considerable achievement and a major advance on previous scholarship. * Alan Ford, Times Literary Supplement * Dr Tadhg O hAnnrachain is to be commended not only for his choice of subject but for his persistence in seeking to extract meaning on the Counter Reformation in Ireland from most unpromising sources ... The outcome from O hAnnrachain's investigation is an original and, in several respects, a startling book. * Nicholas Canny, National University of Ireland, Galway, H-Albion *