The Friars in Ireland, 1224-1540

By Colman N. O Clabaigh

Beginning with the arrival of the Dominicans in Dublin in 1224 and concluding with the Dissolution Campaign of 1540-1541, this book surveys the history, lifestyle, and pastoral and cultural impact of the mendicant friars in medieval Ireland - Dominicans, Franciscans, Augustinians, Carmelites, Friars of the Sack, and the Dominican and Franciscan Regular Tertiaries. The first section gives a chronological overview of developments within each order from arrival and initial expansion in the 13th century, through the upheavals of the 14th century, and to the emergence of vigorous revival movements within each body in the 15th and early 16th centuries. The second section examines various aspects of the friars' lives and ministry. These include analyses of the relationships between the friars, their patrons, and their critics. The book concludes with an epilogue detailing the developments and upheavals in Irish mendicant life during the decade between 1530 and 1540. Colm?n ? Clabaigh won the Irish Historical Research Prize from the National University of Ireland for this book in 2013. *** "Whether dealing with royal patronage, ethnic divisions between Gaelic and English friars, and participation in mercantilism or other business arrangements, ? Clabaigh does not dodge the truth that the friars were deeply integrated into the economy and spiritual lives of their towns and cities... The author includes numerous appealing, informative images throughout. There are maps, reproductions of woodcuts, architectural plans, and full-color plates of items such as statuary and manuscript pages." - The Catholic Historical Review, October 2013

416 pages

Publication Date: 4/12/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781846822254

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