Holy Wells and Popular Catholic Devotion
By (author) Michael P. Carroll
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Irish Pilgrimage by Michael P. Carroll
Book DescriptionThe study of pre-19th-century religion in Ireland has been dominated by a model which sees the extended pilgrimages and rituals performed at holy wells as remnants of an archaic, pagan tradition. The author of this study argues these rites were not ancient, but arose in the wake of the Reformation as ordinary Catholics attempted to merge ideas imported from Counter-Reformation Europe with distinctively Irish traditions. The variant that resulted provided a religious experience that appealed to all levels of Irish Catholic society, in both rural and urban areas - peasants and city dwellers alike thought pilgrimages essential to their identity as Irish Catholics. In the years just before the Famine, however, the structure of society changed, and the appeal of this variant would ultimately dissolve. A social, historical and psychological study of religion, history and literature in Romantic Ireland, the book is the story of a people struggling to express their religious identities in ways that were both impeccably Catholic and yet distinctively Irish.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801861901
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 26-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael P. Carroll
American Catholics in the Protestant Imagination, Hardback (November 2007)
Shedding new light on lived religion in America, Carroll moves an entire academic field in new, exciting directions and challenges his fellow scholars to open their minds and eyes to develop fresh interpretations of American religious history.
Cult of the Virgin Mary, Paperback (April 1992)
Tracing devotion to Mary to psychological and historical processes that began in the fifth century, this title answers questions: What explains the many reports of Marian apparitions over the centuries? Why has the Marian cult always been stronger in certain geographical areas than in others?
Madonnas That Maim, Hardback (April 1992)» View all books by Michael P. Carroll
"This is an excellent summary of the most recent literature on the subject (especially of studies in Italian); and it is also a superb compendium of specific religious practices and of scholarly approaches to them." -- "Journal of Modern History"
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Author Biography - Michael P. Carroll
Michael P. Carroll is in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.
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