Published online by Cambridge University Press: 21 March 2016
The Reformation in Ireland has never lacked chroniclers, defenders and detractors. The reason for this is not hard to discern. The older literature that grappled with the processes of religious change in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Ireland was based on a number of well-recognised and widely agreed propositions. The first of these was that confessional and political positions were inextricably linked, and the fate of one served not only as a proxy for the other but as an explanation for the trajectory of change; thus, to explain the failure of the reform process to strike deep roots in sixteenth-century Ireland, one had only to invoke the failure of the Tudor conquest.
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1 For the older literature, see Ford, Alan, ‘“Standing one’s ground”: religion, polemic and Irish history since the Reformation’ in Ford, Alan, McGuire, James and Milne, Kenneth (eds), As by law established: the Church of Ireland since the Reformation (Dublin, 1995), pp 1–14.Google Scholar
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6 T.C.D., MS 826, f. 299.
8 Compare Gillespie, Raymond, ‘The crisis of reform, 1625–60’ in Milne, Kenneth (ed.), Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin: a history (Dublin, 2000), pp 195–202Google Scholar with Gillespie, Raymond, ‘An age of modernization, 1598–1690’ in Crawford, John and Gillespie, Raymond (eds), St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin: a history (Dublin, 2009), pp 180-4.Google Scholar