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A nation of beggars? : priests, people, and politics in famine Ireland, 1846-1852

Author: Donal A Kerr
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This book concerns Lord John Russell's efforts to improve the lot and status of Irish Catholics by changes in the landlord and tenant system, and particularly by improving the status of the Catholic Church. It is the first full scholarly account of the role of the Catholic Church in the Great Famine of 1846 and its aftermath. Donal Kerr shows how the Famine and consequent evictions led to rural violence and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Church history
Named Person: John Russell Russell, Earl; John Russell Russell, Earl
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donal A Kerr
ISBN: 0198207379 9780198207375
OCLC Number: 827830003
Description: 370 pages : map ; 23 cm
Contents: Table 1. The Irish Bishops, 1846-1852 --
Table 2. The Catholic Church in Ireland in 1847 --
Map of Irish Catholic Ecclesiastical Provinces and Dioceses --
1. Lord John Russell and the Irish Catholic Church: Problems and Plans --
2. The Hecatomb and the Church's Silence? --
3. Recriminations: Viceroy's Memorandum and Bishops' Memorial --
4. Irish Violence and Roman Intrigue, 1847-1848 --
5. The Church: Authority and Revolution --
6. Endowment or Independence? Russell's 'Great Settlement' Foiled, 1848-1849 --
7. Conflicts and Resolutions: Protestant Missioners, Archbishop Cullen, and the Synod of Thurles, 1849-1850 --
8. Cardinal's Hat or Archbishop's Gauntlet? The 'Papal Aggression': The Ecclesiastical Titles Act and Ireland --
9. The Queen's Colleges or the Catholic University? --
10. Success and Failure? Whigs and Ultramontanes.
Responsibility: Donal A. Kerr.
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An account of the role of the Irish Catholic church in the famine of 1846 and its immediate aftermath. Kerr documents the rise of sectarian tension and the decline in relations between the Irish  Read more...


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