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Author Kerr, Donal A., 1927-

Title A nation of beggars? : priests, people, and politics in famine Ireland, 1846-1852 / Donal A. Kerr
Published Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994


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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
Summary Professor Kerr's scholarly and incisive analysis charts the souring of relations between Church and State and the destruction of Lord John Russell's dream of bringing a golden age to Ireland
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 assassination, culminating in the notorious murder of Major Mahon, which the local parish priest was accused of inciting and blessing. A savage campaign of denunciation in press and parliament, and the belief that Pope Pius IX had blessed the struggle of oppressed nationalities, led many priests to become involved in the lead-up to the Young Ireland Rebellion. These years, too, saw a sharpening of religious tensions as Protestant Evangelicals made an all-out effort to Protestantize Ireland
Analysis Ireland
Notes Bibliography: p343-360. _ Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [343]-360) and index
Subject Russell, John Russell, Earl, 1792-1878.
Church and state -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century.
Catholics -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century.
Protestants -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century.
Famines -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century.
Violence -- Ireland -- History -- 19th century.
Ireland -- Church history -- 19th century.
Ireland -- History -- Famine, 1845-1852.
Ireland -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901.
Ireland -- Church history -- 19th century
LC no. 94013314
ISBN 0198200501 (acid-free paper)