The Catholics of Ulster

The Catholics of Ulster : A History

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There can be few European communities more soaked in their history than the Catholics of Ulster. Ulster has always been geographically a land somewhat apart from the rest of Ireland, and its harsh history has given both the Catholic and Protestant communities a unique stamp. Both communities' understanding of their past remains central to their identities, but the layers of myths, lies and half-truths which make up these understandings have had ruinous effects. In this long-anticipated book, Marianne Elliott has succeeded in at last creating a coherent, credible and absorbing history of the Ulster Catholics - from their early mediaeval origins to the devolution of 1999. In the process many myths are destroyed, but a picture also emerges of a history which, while in many senses quite different from the received wisdom, is none the less, with the arrival of the English and Scots, an extremely brutal one. At a remarkable point in Ulster's history, this book will be at the focus of a great deal of debate.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 688 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 36mm | 458.13g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Illustrations, facsims., maps, ports.
  • 0140293329
  • 9780140293326

Table of contents

From Cu Chulainn to Christianity - religion and society in early Ulster; Gaelic Ulster - land, lordship and people; religion in Ulster before the Reformation; the loss of the land -plantation and confiscation in 17th-century Ulster; the merger of "Irishness" and Catholicism in early modern Ulster; life under the penal laws; reform to rebellion - the emergence of republican politics; the revivial of "political" Catholicism; the famine and after - Catholic social classes in 19th-century Ulster; across the divide - community relations and sectarian conflict before partition; Catholics in Northern Ireland 1920-2000; a resentful belonging - Catholic identity in the 20th century.show more

About Marianne Elliott

Marianne Elliott is Andrew Geddes and John Rankin Professor of Modern History at the University of Liverpool. Her biography of Wolfe Tone won the Irish Life/Irish Independent non-fiction award.show more

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