Irish Women in Religious Orders, 1530-1700
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304 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

5 illus. 6 tables

Series: Irish Historical Monographs

Series Vol. Number: 25

Imprint: Boydell Press

Irish Women in Religious Orders, 1530-1700

Suppression, Migration and Reintegration

by Bronagh Ann McShane

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The first comprehensive study of the lives and experiences of Irish women religious during the early modern period, highlighting how an expanding nexus of female houses facilitated the perpetuation of European Counter-Reformation devotion in Ireland.
This book investigates the impact of the dissolution of the monasteries on women religious and examines their survival in the following decades, showing how, despite the state's official proscription of vocation living, religious vocation options for women continued in less formal ways.

McShane explores the experiences of Irish women who travelled to the Continent in pursuit of formal religious vocational formation, covering both those accommodated in English and European continental convents' and those in the Irish convents established in Spanish Flanders and the Iberian Peninsula. Further, this book discusses the revival of religious establishments for women in Ireland from 1629 and outlines the links between these new convents and the Irish foundations abroad.

Overall, this study provides a rich picture of Irish women religious during a period of unprecedented change and upheaval.
List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Female religious communities and the Henrician suppression campaigns

2. Negotiating religious change: survival and continuity in post-dissolution Ireland

3. 'What difficultie a place is heare gotten for won to enter': Irish women religious in France, and Flanders during the first half of the seventeenth century

4. Irish nuns in Iberia: The Dominican convent of Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso, Lisbon

5. Reintegration and renewal: female religious communities in Ireland, 1629-49

6. Cromwell and the cloister: female religious and the impact of the Cromwellian campaigns, 1649-60

7. Restoration, revival and survival, 1660-1700


Conclusion

Bibliography
Bronagh Ann McShane is Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Religion, Moore Institute, NUI Galway.

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Title Details

304 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

5 illus. 6 tables

Series: Irish Historical Monographs

Series Vol. Number: 25

Imprint: Boydell Press