British and Irish Religious Orders in Europe, 1560–1800: Conventuals, Mendicants and Monastics in Motion [Hardback]

Cormac Begadon(Editor); James E Kelly(Editor); Caroline Bowden(Contributor); Cormac Begadon(Contributor); Geoffrey Scott(Contributor); James E Kelly(Contributor); Laurence Lux-Sterritt(Contributor)

ISBN: 9781914967009 | Published by: Durham University IMEMS Press | Series: Catholicisms, c.1450–c.1800 | Year of Publication: 2022 | 288p, H9.25 x W6.25, 4 black and white
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British and Irish Religious Orders in Europe, 1560–1800


This collection aims to explore new perspectives on the British and Irish conventual, mendicant and monastic movements in mainland Europe and rediscover their roles and wider impact within early modern European Catholicism. Building on recent scholarship, the book addresses a historiographical imbalance, which has led to an over-emphasis being placed on the role of the Society of Jesus in the development of British and Irish Catholicism following the Protestant Reformation. The stable communities of religious in mainland Europe also acted as important centres of religious and secular activity. This volume explores the ways in which British and Irish conventuals and monastics, both men and women, engaged with the seismic religious and philosophical developments of the early modern period, such as the Catholic Reformation and the Enlightenment in mainland Europe, as well as important political developments at 'home', exploring the connections between centres and peripheries. Building on recent movements within the field to 'decentralise' the Catholic Reformation and recognize the international nature of Catholicism, the volume aims to change the perception that the activities of British and Irish religious were 'peripheral', bringing the islands' experience in line with work on their European confreres and the broader global network of the religious orders.

Table of Contents

Cormac Begadon and James E. Kelly

Part 1: Creating and Maintaining Identities
1. Cloistered yet Militant: Commitment to Englishness in Seventeenth-Century Convents in Exile on the Continent
Laurence Lux-Sterritt
2. The Regular Clergy and the Episcopate in Ireland, 1600-1650
Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin
3. Recycling an Island's Past for a Global Catholicism: Irish Franciscans in the Seventeenth Century
John McCafferty

Part 2: The Relationship between Home and Exile
4. Surviving in Exile: Strategies and Supporters of the English Convents in Exile, c.1600-c.1800
Caroline Bowden
5. 'A mixt life'? English Benedictines and European Catholic Reform Movements: Monasticism and Apostolic Mission
James E. Kelly
6. Cloistered Politics: English Benedictine Nuns and the Stuarts, 1600-1700
Jaime Goodrich

Part 3: Space and Place
7. I am all good and fill all places': Mystical Space and the Affective Atmosphere in a Seventeenth-Century Convent
Jessica McCandless
8. The Exiled English Religious Orders and their Continental Gardens from Exile to Emancipation
Geoffrey Scott
9. The Irish Regulars in Early-Modern Paris: a re-examination
Liam Chambers

Part 4: Intellectual Movements
10. A Scottish Enlightenment in Germany
Thomas McInally
11. The 'Fifth Vial': Charles Walmesley's Ultramontane Apocalypticism
Shaun Blanchard
12. Meandering Towards an Inevitable Death? English Benedictine Monasteries and their Responses to Enlightenment and Revolution
Cormac Begadon


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