The Reformations in Ireland

Tradition and Confessionalism, 1400–1690

  • Samantha A. Meigs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: The Irish Anomaly

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      Pages 1-4
  3. Tradition

  4. Confessionalism

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      Pages 55-55
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      Pages 77-89
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      Pages 90-107
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  5. Conclusion

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      Pages 141-144
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 145-209

About this book


Why was Ireland the only region in Europe which successfully rejected a state-imposed religion during the confessional era? This book argues that the anomalous outcome of the Reformations in Ireland was largely due to an unusual symbiosis between the Church and the old bardic order. Using sources ranging from Gaelic poetry to Jesuit correspondence, this study examines Irish religiosity in a European context, showing how the persistence of traditional culture enabled local elites to resist external pressures for reform.


argue church confessionalism English literature Europe event literature poetry reform reformation religion religiosity seventeenth century tradition transformation

Authors and affiliations

  • Samantha A. Meigs
    • 1
  1. 1.University of IndianapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1997
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-25712-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-25710-2
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