Journals Higher Education



Published: 04 June 1998

208 Pages | 10 halftones, 2 maps

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195112993

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The Transforming Power of the Nuns

Women, Religion, and Cultural Change in Ireland, 1750-1900

Mary Peckham Magray

Mary Peckham Magray argues that the Irish Catholic cultural revolution in the nineteenth century was effected not only by male elites, as previous scholarship has claimed, but also by the most overlooked and underestimated women in Ireland: the nuns. Once thought to be merely passive servants of the male clerical hierarchy, women's religious orders were in fact at the very center of the creation of a devout Catholic culture in Ireland. This innovative work challenges some of the most widely held assumptions of social history in nineteenth-century Ireland.