Insular Christianity

Alternative models of the Church in Britain and Ireland, c.1570-c.1700

Edited by Robert Armstrong and Tadhg hAnnracháin

Insular Christianity

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8698-4
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: January 2013
  • BIC Category: History & Archaeology, Christianity, Christian Churches, denominations, groups, c 1500 onwards to present day, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Humanities / British & Irish history, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, RELIGION / Christian Church / History, Humanities / Church history, Early Modern History, Religion, History, History of religion
  • Series: Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain


This collection of essays on the alternative establishments which both Presbyterians and Catholics attempted to create in Britain and Ireland offers a dynamic new perspective on the evolution of post-reformation religious communities. Deriving from the Insular Christianity project in Dublin, the book combines essays by some of the leading scholars in the field with work by brilliant and upcoming researchers.

The contributions, all of which were commissioned, range from synoptic essays which fill in gaps in the existing historiography to tightly coherent research essays that break new ground with regard to a series of central institutional and intellectual issues and problems.

This is a book which will appeal to all those interested in the religious history of early modern Britain and Ireland.


1. Alternative establishments? Insular Catholicism and Presbyterianism - Robert Armstrong and Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin
2. 'Replant the uprooted trunk of the tree of faith': the Society of Jesus and the continental colleges for religious exiles - Thomas M. McCoog, S.J.
3. 'Genevan Jesuits': crypto-Presbyterians in England - Polly Ha
4. Riots, rescues and 'grene bowes': Catholic popular protest in Ireland, 1570-1640 - Clodagh Tait
5. Authority, agency and the reception of the Scottish national covenant of 1638 - Laura Stewart
6. The influence of the Irish Catholic clergy in shaping the religious and political allegiances of Irish Catholics, 1603-41 - David Finnegan
7. Politics and religion in the Westminster Assembly and the 'grand debate' - Chad Van Dixhoorn
8. Coping with alternatives: religious liberty in royalist thought 1642-7 - Anthony Milton
9. 'The remembrance of sweet fellowship': relationships between English and Scottish Presbyterians in the 1640s and 1650s - Ann Hughes
10. The ascent to establishment status: the Irish Catholic hierarchy of the mid-seventeenth century - Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin
11. The Irish alternative: Scottish and English Presbyterianism in Ireland - Robert Armstrong
12. The laity and the structure of the Catholic church in early modern Scotland - R. Scott Spurlock
13. Between Reformation and Enlightenment: Presbyterian clergy, religious liberty and intellectual change - John Coffey


Robert Armstrong is Associate Professor of History, Trinity College Dublin|Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin is Senior Lecturer in the School of History and Archives at University College Dublin

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