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The Protestant Reformation in Ireland, 1590-1641

Second Impression


The attempt to create a truly protestant church and people in Ireland in the early seventeenth century succeeded in only one respect: a reformed ministry was created, by attracting university educated clergy, mainly from England and Scotland. But the very protestantism of the church, and its close links with the new English state prevented if from winning over the native Irish. Instead, the protestant church used its Calvinist theology to provide an intellectual justification for its own elitist and minority position.
Contents: Inter alia: Reformation policy - The creation of a protestant ministry - Protestantism in Gaelic Ireland - Ulster: the colonial reformation - The theology of the Church of Ireland.