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James UssherTheology, History, and Politics in Early-Modern Ireland and England$
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Alan Ford

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274444.001.0001

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Controversy and Religious Identity in Sixteenth‐Century Ireland

Controversy and Religious Identity in Sixteenth‐Century Ireland

(p.11) 1 Controversy and Religious Identity in Sixteenth‐Century Ireland
James Ussher

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This chapter examines the background to the reformation in Ireland, exploring in particular the reaction of the Anglo-Irish community in Dublin, showing how by the end of the 16th century the community had split decisively into a Catholic majority and a small protestant minority. In response, a new protestant seminary, Trinity College, Dublin, was founded. The chapter then traces the development of government policy towards those Catholics — recusants — who refused to attend the established church and ends with an account of the young James Ussher's intervention into this debate firmly on the side of those who insisted that the secular authorities use all their powers to make Catholics attend protestant services.

Keywords:   reformation, Anglo-Irish community, Trinity College, Dublin, recusancy

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