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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 ...
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Overview

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'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.
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"...a good book..." -William Palmer, Renaissance Quarterly

"...Murray’s painstaking analysis of the evidence for one of the—by Irish standards—best-documented, and politically the most influential, diocese will have a lasting influence on Irish Reformation studies." -Steven G. Ellis, Journal of British Studies

"[A] scholarly and meticulous study"
Huntington Library Quarterly, Richard A. McCabe, Oxford University

"...an impressive and much-needed work that succeeds in integrating the complex history of the era, and in skillfully examining the successes and failures, the high-flown plans, and the compromised realities, of bringing the Reformation—or the English Reformation—to Ireland." -Sarah Covington, H-Albion

"...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

"...a welcome and significant contribution to our understanding of a complicated and extremely important period in Irish history." -William H. Mulligan, Jr., Canadian Journal of History

"...by far the most ambitious analysis yet undertaken of the progress of Protestantism in an Irish diocese under the Tudors." -Christopher Maginn, Sixteenth Century Journal

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Meet the Author

Dr James Murray has published a number of articles on aspects of Ireland's sixteenth century religious history. He is Director of Framework Implementation and Qualifications Recognition at the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland.

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Table of Contents

1 'Handmaid' of the English church : the diocese of Dublin on the eve of the Reformation 20

2 Faithful Catholics of the English nation : patriotism, canon law and the corporate clergy 48

3 Rebellion and supremacy : Archbishop Browne, clerical opposition and the enforcement of the early Reformation, 1534-40 82

4 'God's laws and ours together' : Archbishop Browne, political reform and the emergence of a new religious settlement, 1540-2 125

5 The rise and fall of the viceroy's settlement : property, canon law and politics during the St Leger era, 1542-53 159

6 Archbishop Dowdall and the restoration of Catholicism in Dublin, 1553-5 204

7 Rejuvenation and survival : the old religion during the episcopacy of Hugh Curwen, 1555-67 242

8 Archbishop Loftus and the drive to Protestantise Dublin, 1567-90 261

Afterword 317

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