Sacred and Secular Martyrdom in Britain and Ireland since 1914 (Hardback)
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Sacred and Secular Martyrdom in Britain and Ireland since 1914 (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 28/11/2019
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During and immediately after the First World War, there was a merging of Christian and militant nationalist traditions of martyrdom, expressed in the design of war cemeteries and war memorials, and the state funeral of the Unknown Warrior in 1920. John Wolffe explores the subsequent development of these traditions of `sacred' and `secular' martyrdom, analysing the ways in which they operated - sometimes in parallel, sometimes merged together and sometimes in conflict with each other. Particular topics explored include the Protestant commemoration of Marian and missionary martyrs, the Anglo-Catholic cult of Charles I King and Martyr, and the Roman Catholic campaign for the canonization of the `saints and martyrs of England'. Secular martyrdom is especially discussed in relation to military conflicts such as the Second World War, the Falklands, the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland and the particularly persistent merging of sacred and secular around figures in Ireland itself in the wake of the Easter Rising of 1916 through the hunger strikes of the early 1980s. In covering these themes, the book also offers historical and comparative context for understanding present-day acts of martyrdom in the form of suicide attacks.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781350019270
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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