Ireland's Holy Wars: The Struggle for a Nation's Soul, 1500-2000 / Edition 1

Ireland's Holy Wars: The Struggle for a Nation's Soul, 1500-2000 / Edition 1

by Marcus Tanner
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Yale University Press

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Ireland's Holy Wars: The Struggle for a Nation's Soul, 1500-2000 / Edition 1

For much of the twentieth century, Ireland has been synonymous with conflict, the painful struggle for its national soul part of the regular fabric of life. And because the Irish have emigrated to all parts of the world-while always remaining Irish-"the troubles" have become part of a common heritage, well beyond their own borders.

In most accounts of Irish history, the focus is on the political rivalry between Unionism and Republicanism. But the roots of the Irish conflict are profoundly and inescapably religious. As Marcus Tanner shows in this vivid, warm, and perceptive book, only by understanding the consequences over five centuries of the failed attempt by the English to make Ireland into a Protestant state can the pervasive tribal hatreds of today be seen in context. Tanner traces the creation of a modern Irish national identity through the popular resistance to imposed Protestantism and the common defense of Catholicism by the Gaelic Irish and the Old English of the Pale, who settled in Ireland after its twelfth-century conquest.

The book is based on detailed research into the Irish past and a personal encounter with today's Ireland, from Belfast to Cork. Tanner has walked with the Apprentice Boys of Derry and explored the so-called Bandit Country of South Armagh. He has visited churches and religious organizations across the thirty-two counties of Ireland, spoken with priests, pastors, and their congregations, and crossed and re-crossed the lines that for centuries have isolated the faiths of Ireland and their history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300092813
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 01/27/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 532
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Mapsvii
Introduction: If Stones Could Speake1
Chapter 1The Hart of the English Pale15
Chapter 2It is Necessary that we Eradicate Them35
Chapter 3Myn Auctoritie is Litle Regarded51
Chapter 4The Kings Most Godlie Procedings74
Chapter 5The Devil's Service90
Chapter 6Seminaries beyond the Seas105
Chapter 7The Scum of Both Nations122
Chapter 8Such Dangerous Persons148
Chapter 9Furious Demagogues of Rebellion176
Chapter 10The Crash of a Great Building203
Chapter 11The Agitating Priest231
Chapter 12Flags Flying and Drums Beating263
Chapter 13Soutaned Bullies of the Lord294
Chapter 14A Tendency towards Defeatism312
Chapter 15Most Fruitful of Mothers335
Chapter 16Till Boyne Rivers Run Red353
Chapter 17I Never Asked for a Pedestal380
Chapter 18A Family Quarrel411
Select Bibliography471

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