Catholics in Britain and Ireland, 1558-1829
This work examines the social, political and religious development of Catholic communities in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland from the Reformation to the arrival of toleration in the 19th century. The study is a sequence from active persecution, through unofficial tolerance, to legal recognition. It provides information on how Britain's and particularly Ireland's, religious situation has evolved. The book offers a review of the role religion has played in the emergence of collective identities in Britain and Ireland between 1558-1829, and is argued on the basis of research and a review of existing literature.