The Protestant and Catholic Conflict in Ireland Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Protestant and Catholic Conflict in Ireland
An analysis of the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in early modern Ireland.
# 148575 | 2,540 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2011 in History (British) , History (Religion)

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The paper discusses how the conflict between the Irish Protestants and the Catholics during and after the reign of Queen Elisabeth I was deeply rooted in the political, social and religious situation in Ireland prior to the Reformation. The paper provides the background and development of the conflict and explains that it was a mismanaged struggle for power and control that fueled a constant fight between the two faiths.

From the Paper:

"Some historians, like Richey and Kane, even commented on the issue of a national church of Ireland, making it note worthy that before the Tudor monarchy, there has never been a real national Irish church. Since the English started to fight for supremacy and control over the island, there has always been a division between the Irish and the English that was manifested inside the church, too: "the distinction between the English and the Irish, which ran through everything in Ireland, infected the monasteries also"(Richey 1887, 292). The authors emphasize the monastic character of the church prior to the Reformation, as a general characteristic inherited from the original Celtic church."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Richey, Alexander George and Kane Robert Romney. A Short History of the Irish People: Down to the Date of the Plantation of Ulster. Harvard University. Hodges, Figgis and co., 1887
  • Boran, Elizabethanne and Gribben Crawford. Enforcing Reformation in Ireland and Scotland, 1550-1700. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006
  • Cronin, Mike. A History of Ireland. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave, 2001.
  • Curtis, Edmund. A History of Ireland: From Earliest Times to 1922. London: Routledge, 2002.

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