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Catholic Reformation in IrelandThe Mission of Rinuccini 1645-1649$
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Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208914.001.0001

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Catholic Reformation in Ireland

Tadhg Ó hAnnrachÁin

Oxford University Press

This book is a case study of a particular, important, and relatively neglected episode in the penetration of Ireland by the Catholic reformation. Its chronological scope is the second quarter of the 17th century, a period which in European terms is generally conceived as lying towards the end of what might be termed the ‘high counter-reformation’, that rough century between the first convocation of the Council of Trent in 1545 to the treaty of Westphalia in 1648 which represented a critical epoch in the remodelling of post-reformation Catholicism. The long-term political implications of the extension of the Catholic reformation to Ireland during this period were enormous. In the shorter term, this development also had a critical bearing on the Irish theatres of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms in the 1640s. This book concentrates on GianBattista Rinuccini's nunciature and in particular on his profound political influence within the Confederate Catholics of Ireland which was responsible for the intensity of the reactions which he provoked.

Keywords:   Ireland, Catholic reformation, GianBattista Rinuccini, nunciature, Wars of the Three Kingdoms, Confederate Catholics of Ireland, Council of Trent

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