Enforcing Reformation in Ireland and Scotland, 1550-1700by Elizabethanne Boran, Crawford Gribben
Pub. Date: 07/30/2006
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
The last few years have witnessed a growing interest in the study of the Reformation period within the three kingdoms of Britain, revolutionizing the way in which scholars think about the relationships between England, Scotland and Ireland. Nevertheless, it is a fact that the story of the British Reformation is still dominated by studies of England, an imbalance… See more details below
The last few years have witnessed a growing interest in the study of the Reformation period within the three kingdoms of Britain, revolutionizing the way in which scholars think about the relationships between England, Scotland and Ireland. Nevertheless, it is a fact that the story of the British Reformation is still dominated by studies of England, an imbalance that this book will help to right. By adopting an international perspective, the essays in this volume look at the motives, methods and impact of enforcing the Protestant Reformation in Ireland and Scotland. The juxtaposition of these two countries illuminates the similarities and differences of their social and political situations while qualifying many of the conclusions of recent historical work in each country. As well as Investigating what 'reformation' meant in the early modern period, and examining its literal, rhetorical, doctrinal, moral and political implications, the volume also explores what enforcing these various reformations could involve. Taken as a whole, this volume offers a fascinating insight into how the political authorities in Scotland and Ireland attempted, with varying degrees of success, to impose Protestantism on their countries. By comparing the two situations, and placing them in the wider international picture, our understanding of European confessionalization is further enhanced.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction, Elizabethanne Boran; Sir Henry Sidney and the Reformation in Ireland, Ciaran Brady and James Murray; Printing in early 17th-century Dublin: combating heresy in Serpentine Times, Elizabethanne Boran; The problem of 'Scottish Puritanism', 1590-1638, John Coffey; 'Force and fear of punishment': Protestants and religious coercion in Ireland, 1603-33, Alan Ford; The Covenanters and the Scottish Parliament, 1639-51: the rule of the godly and the 'second Scottish Reformation', John Young; Robert Leighton, Edinburgh theology and the collapse of the Presbyterian consensus, Crawford Gribben; Godly order: enforcing peace in the Irish Reformation, Raymond Gillespie; Enforcing the Reformation in Ireland, 1660-1704, T.C. Barnard; Conformity and security in Scotland and Ireland, 1660-85, Richard L. Greaves; Index.
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