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Title: The Church and the Two Nations in Medieval Ireland
Author: Watt, J A
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2005
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521619196
Volumes: 1; Pages: 267
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This book examines the way in which the central English government dealt with Irish ecclesiastical matters from the time of the invasion and partial conquest of Ireland by Henry II in 1171 up to the Statute of Kilkenny. The struggle involved the king, the clergy in Ireland, both Irish and English, and the pope. Using manuscript material and printed sources, which have not been previously used for this purpose, Dr Watt shows how an attempt was made to 'colonize' Ireland by ecclesiastical means, and traces the changing fates and fortunes of the 'two nations' in their relations with one another. Dr Watt also deals very fully with the rle played in the struggle by the religious orders, particularly the Cistercians and the friars, and with the effect which the English common law had on the Irish clergy.ContentsList of MapsForewordAcknowledgmentsAbbreviations1. The church in Ireland on the eve of the invasion2. The establishment of the new order3. The new order consolidated4. The crisis of the Cistercian order in Ireland5. Ecclesia Hibernicana6. The clergy and the common law, 1255-917. The clergy and the common law, 1295-13148. The episcopate in the reign of Edward 19. Fourteenth century developments10. The Statute of KilkennyAppendicesBibliographyIndex.