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Palgrave Macmillan

Christianities in the Early Modern Celtic World

ISBN 9781137306340
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The Celtic west has long been a source of wonder and desire for generations of Christian believers. This book provides a wide-ranging series of essays examining religion as practiced during the early modern period among the main Celtic-language communities of Britain and Ireland. Ranging from devotional poetry to confessional history, across the span of competing religious traditions, the volume addresses the lived faith of diverse communities during the turmoil of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Taken together, they provide a textured understanding of the complexities in religious belief, practice and organization of a series of 'micro-Christianities' which, although sharing a number of common traits and experiences, particularly in the common encounter with the English language and with the British state and its precursors, each evolved in its own individual fashion. The authors seek to place the Celtic societies of the west where they belong, in their own millennia-long history of faith but also in the wider history of religious change in age of Reformations.

Dr Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin is Senior Lecturer at University College Dublin, Ireland. He is joint Principal Investigator in the 'Insular Christianity c.1530-c.1750' - a project funded by the Irish Research Council.
Prof. Robert Armstrong is an associate professor at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is joint Principal Investigator in the 'Insular Christianity c.1530-c.1750' - a project funded by the Irish Research Council.

1. Religious Acculturation and Affiliation in Early Modern Gaelic Scotland, Gaelic Ireland, Wales and Cornwall; Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin
2. The Church in Gaelic Scotland before the Reformation; Iain G. MacDonald
3. Traditional Religion in Sixteenth-Century Gaelic Ireland; Raymond Gillespie
4. 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time': The Pre-Reformation Church in Wales; Madeleine Gray
5. Gaelic Christianity? The Church in the Western Highlands and Islands of Scotland before and after the Reformation; Martin MacGregor
6. Antiquities Cornu-Brittanick: Language, Memory and Landscape in Early Modern Cornwall; Alexandra Walsham
7. 'Slow and cold in the true service of god': Popular Beliefs and Practices, Conformity and Reformation in Wales, c.1530-c.1600; Katherine K. Olson
8. Gaelic Religious Poetry in Scotland: the Book of the Dean of Lismore; Sìm Innes
9. Penance and the Privateer: Handling Sin in the Bardic Religious Verse of the Book of the O'Conor Don (1631); Salvador Ryan
10. The Battle of Britain: History and Reformation in Early Modern Wales; Lloyd Bowen
11. Catholic Intellectual Culture in Early Modern Ireland; Bernadette Cunningham
12. Calvinistic Methodism and the Reformed tradition in eighteenth-century Wales; David Ceri Jones
13. 'Celtic' Christianities in the Age of Reformations: Language, Community, Tradition and Belief; Robert Armstrong

Lloyd Bowen, Cardiff University, UK
Bernadette Cunningham, Royal Irish Academy
Raymond Gillespie, the National University of Ireland
Madeleine Gray, University of South Wales, UK
Sìm Innes, University of Glasgow, UK
David Ceri Jones, Aberystwyth University, UK
Iain G. MacDonald, University of Glasgow, UK
Martin MacGregor, University of Glasgow, UK
Katherine K. Olson, Bangor University, UK
Salvador Ryan, St Patrick's College, Ireland
Alexandra Walsham, University of Cambridge, UK


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