The Transformation of the Irish Church in the Twelfth Century
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312 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Studies in Celtic History

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Transformation of the Irish Church in the Twelfth Century

by Marie Therese Flanagan

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First extended study of the ways in which the Irish church changed radically in the twelfth century in response to reform movements from Europe.
The twelfth century saw a wide-ranging transformation of the Irish church, a regional manifestation of a wider pan-European reform movement. This book, the first to offer a full account of this change, moves away from the previousconcentration on the restructuring of Irish dioceses and episcopal authority, and the introduction of Continental monastic observances, to widen the discussion. It charts changes in the religious culture experienced by the laityas well as the clergy and takes account of the particular Irish experience within the wider European context.
The universal ideals that were defined with increasing clarity by Continental advocates of reform generated a series of initiatives from Irish churchmen aimed at disseminating reform ideology within clerical circles and transmitting it also to lay society, even if, as elsewhere, it often proved difficult to implement in practice. Whatever theobstacles faced by reformist clergy, their genuine concern to transform the Irish church and society cannot be doubted, and is attested in a range of hitherto unexploited sources this volume draws upon.

Marie Therese Flanagan is Professor of Medieval History at the Queen's University of Belfast.
"If the significance of a book is measured by its capacity to change how scholars view the subject, [this] is an important publication that will itself transform how the reform and the literature of reform are interpreted, by showing the extent to which European developments and models of ecclesiastical organisation influenced Ireland." OENACH
"This excellent study [...] is a refreshing and comprehensive examination of the indigenous movements which sought to bring Irish Christianity into line with continental practice." JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

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April 2013

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Title Details

312 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Studies in Celtic History

Imprint: Boydell Press