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Oliver P. Rafferty

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097317

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097317.001.0001

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The ‘absenting of the bishop of Armagh’

The ‘absenting of the bishop of Armagh’

eucharistic controversy and the English origins of Irish Catholic identity, 1550–51

(p.92) 5 The ‘absenting of the bishop of Armagh’
Irish Catholic Identities

James Murray

Manchester University Press

The focus here is the flight from Ireland in 1551 of Archbishop George Dowdall of Armagh. Although he had conformed to the new religion under Henry VIII, even to the extent of accepting the royal supremacy, he felt less at home in the face of the politico-religious changes introduced by King Edward VI. He was a traditionalist so far as euchartistic doctrine was concerned and was opposed to the increasingly Zwinglian tenor of the established church’s view on the matter. Opposition to religious change had a profound effect on the Old English in Ireland, and that opposition helped forge a new Irish Catholic identity to which both Old English and Old Irish adhered. These two traditions, so long at variance, were now united in a common religious world-view. The irony is that this was as much the product of the ‘English’ tradition in Ireland as it was that of the ‘Gaelic’ tradition.

Keywords:   Archbisop Dowdall, eucharist doctrine identification Anglo-Irish Old-Irish

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