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Missions to the Gael: Reformation and Counter-reformation in Ulster and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, 1560-1760

Missions to the Gael: Reformation and Counter-reformation in Ulster and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, 1560-1760 (Paperback)

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Beginning half a century before the plantation of Ulster, Missions to the Gaels throws fascinating historical perspectives on the origins of the sectarian divisions in northern Ireland. The research is unique in dealing with both Protestants and Catholics, rather than treating only one denomination in isolation. The book explores the intriguing situation that while Scottish Gaelic-speaking ministers laid the foundations of the embryonic Protestant Church in Ireland, at the same time Irish-speaking priests were almost exclusively responsible for the reintroduction of Catholicism to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. But the focus of this book extends beyond narrow ecclesiastical issues, revealing the broader political and cultural factors which motivated the Gaels' choice of religious alignment and tracing these over two centuries of turbulent change in Gaelic society. The narrative reverberates not only to the resolute determination of small bands of dedicated missionaries, but also with tales of the few who fell by the wayside, thus adding the dimension of anecdotal colour.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly modern history: c 1450-1500 to c 1700History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: John Donald Publishers Ltd Publication Date: 20/03/2006 ISBN-13: 9780859766180  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Fiona A. MacDonald, a graduate of Glasgow University, is now a Research Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London.

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