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Enforcing the English Reformation in Ireland : Clerical Resistance and Political Conflict in the Diocese of Dublin, 1534-1590 - James Murray

Enforcing the English Reformation in Ireland

Clerical Resistance and Political Conflict in the Diocese of Dublin, 1534-1590


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This book explores the enforcement of the English Reformation in the heartland of English Ireland during the sixteenth century. Focusing on the diocese of Dublin - the central ecclesiastical unit of the Pale - James Murray explains why the various initiatives undertaken by the reforming archbishops of Dublin, and several of the Tudor viceroys, to secure the allegiance of the indigenous community to the established church ultimately failed. Led by its clergy, the Pale's loyal colonial community ultimately rejected the Reformation and Protestantism because it perceived them to be irreconcilable with its own traditional English culture and medieval Catholic identity. Dr Murray identifies the Marian period, and the opening decade of Elizabeth I's reign, as the crucial times during which this attachment to survivalist Catholicism solidified, and became a sufficiently powerful ideological force to stand against the theological and liturgical innovations advanced by the Protestant reformers.

Review of the hardback: '... Murray's work ... provides a modern analysis of the physical makeup of the Tudor diocese of Dublin and also illuminates the careers of the individuals who headed that diocese following Henry VIII's split with Rome. Furthermore it supplies one of the most succinct accounts yet written of how the religious changes enacted by the Tudors impacted upon the wider public life of Dublin and the Irish kingdom. As such it makes an important advance in our understanding of many aspects of the Tudor Reformations in Ireland and contributes significantly to the debate thereon.' David Heffernan, Oenach
'... this much anticipated volume has a great deal that is new and important to say on the subject [of why the Reformation failed in Ireland] ... the author's fresh perspective on an old problem marks this as a Reformation study of high quality.' Irish Economic and Social History

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
List of Abbreviationsp. xii
Note on Conventionsp. xvi
Introductionp. 1
'Handmaid' of the English Church: the diocese of Dublin on the eve of the Reformationp. 20
Faithful Catholics of the English nation: patriotism, canon law and the corporate clergyp. 48
Rebellion and supremacy: Archbishop Browne, clerical opposition and the enforcement of the early Reformation, 1534-40p. 82
'God's laws and ours together': Archbishop Browne, political reform and the emergence of a new religious settlement, 1540-2p. 125
The rise and fall on the viceroy's settlement: property, canon law and politics during the St Leger era, 1542-53p. 159
Archibishop Dowdall and the restoration of Catholicism in Dublin, 1553-5p. 204
Rejuvenation and survival: the old religion during the episcopacy of Hugh Curwen, 1555-67p. 242
Archbishop Loftus and the drive to Protestantise Dublin, 1567-90p. 261
Afterwordp. 317
The division of administrative responsibilities between the two Dublin cathedralsp. 322
The parishes of the diocese of Dublin, 1530-1600p. 324
Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9780521770385
ISBN-10: 0521770386
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 370
Published: 2nd March 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.73