Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 October 2016

256 Pages | 2 b&w illustrations, 1 map

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9781526106520

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Freedom and the Fifth Commandment

Catholic priests and political violence in Ireland, 1919-21

Brian Heffernan

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Addresses the Irish War of Independence from an entirely new perspective by looking at the Catholic clergy, whose attitudes to the conflict haven>'t been examined before
  • Analyses the close relationship between Irish Catholicism and Irish nationalism. It shows how tensions were overcome and unity between the two was sustained
  • By contrast with many previous works on the church and politics, this book focuses on the parish level. It takes a close look at tensions among the clergy, and shows how internal divisions overlapped with political alignments
  • Emphasises the importance of publicity in shaping the attitudes of the Catholic clergy. It shows how bishops and priests proved themselves skilled public relations managers
  • Makes use of a wealth of new source material drawn from Irish, British and overseas archives, including some religious archives that have largely been overlooked by historians, and newly-digitised sources