Freedom and the Fifth Commandment: Catholic Priests and Political Violence in Ireland, 1919-21 (Hardback)
  • Freedom and the Fifth Commandment: Catholic Priests and Political Violence in Ireland, 1919-21 (Hardback)
zoom

Freedom and the Fifth Commandment: Catholic Priests and Political Violence in Ireland, 1919-21 (Hardback)

(author)
£80.00
Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 31/03/2014
  • We can order this from the publisher

Usually dispatched within 15 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket
The guerilla war waged between the IRA and the crown forces between 1919 and 1921 was a pivotal episode in the modern history of Ireland. This book addresses the War of Independence from a new perspective by focusing on the attitude of a powerful social elite: the Catholic clergy. The close relationship between Irish nationalism and Catholicism was put to the test when a pugnacious new republicanism emerged after the 1916 Easter rising. When the IRA and the crown forces became involved in a guerilla war between 1919 and 1921, priests had to define their position anew. Using a wealth of source material, much of it newly available, this book assesses the clergy's response to political violence. It describes how the image of shared victimhood at the hands of the British helped to contain tensions between the clergy and the republican movement, and shows how the links between Catholicism and Irish nationalism were sustained.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719090486
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Brian Heffernan is to be highly commended for this fine study which will be a standard work on this subject for many years to come. For those interested in the war of independence (1919-21), this is a pageturner. The author describes in considerable detail the role of priests and bishops during those revolutionary years. In so doing, he provides a valuable service. Apart from an article published more than forty years ago by Tomas O Fiaich, no-one has since written specifically on this subject. Brian Heffernan is to be highly commended for this fine study, which will be a standard work on the subject for many years to come. Meticulously using both archival and newspaper resources, this worthwhile study examines and classifies the response of Catholic clergy to the post - 1918 troubles in Ireland. '...hugely impressive, illuminating and excellently researched book ... Heffernan has vividly filled a large gap in historical knowledge about how priests navigated exceptionally difficult circumstances and volatile times, and the book deserves wide readership. Drawing on diocesan archives, newspapers, witness statements and contemporary correspondence, Heffernan skilfully weaves these sources together into a judicious, well-written overview.' - Dairmaid Ferriter, Irish Times review. January 2016 'A riveting publication' Dublin Review of Books, December 2016, Thomas FitzGerald is an Irish research council scholar at Trinity College Dublin -- .

You may also be interested in...

London
Added to basket
£15.99
Paperback
Young Prince Philip
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The English and their History
Added to basket
Tudor
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Map Of A Nation
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
A Great and Terrible King
Added to basket
The Norman Conquest
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Londoners
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Empire of the Deep
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The English Civil Wars
Added to basket
Foundation
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Making Sense of the Troubles
Added to basket
She-Wolves
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
A Brief History of Ireland
Added to basket
Civil War
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.