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Begging, charity and religion in pre-famine Ireland

Author: Ciarán McCabe
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2018 ©2018
Series: Reappraisals in Irish history, 14
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beggars and begging were ubiquitous features of pre-Famine Irish society, yet have gone largely unexamined by historians. This book explores at length for the first time the complex cultures of mendicancy, as well as how wider societal perceptions of and responses to begging were framed by social class, gender and religion. The study breaks new ground in exploring the challenges inherent in defining and measuring  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ciarán McCabe
ISBN: 1786941570 9781786941572
OCLC Number: 1099927607
Description: xiv, 300 : illustrations (black and white), maps ; 24 cm
Series Title: Reappraisals in Irish history, 14
Responsibility: Ciarán McCabe

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Beggars and begging were ubiquitous features of pre-Famine Irish society, yet have gone largely unexamined by historians. This book explores for the first time the complex cultures of mendicancy, as  Read more...

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