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Religion

Christopher Maginn

in William Cecil, Ireland, and the Tudor State

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697151
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739262 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697151.003.0008
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This chapter considers William Cecil's role in the government of the national Protestant church in Ireland and his views on the progress of religious reform in the kingdom, culminating in Lord Burghley's appointment in 1592 as the first chancellor of Ireland's first university: Trinity College in Dublin. Religion, it will be argued, though a subject of central importance to Cecil and his world view, was accorded the lowest priority in his thinking about Ireland. Still, the chapter will show, by the time of Cecil's death in 1598 a Protestant ecclesiastical framework had been erected in Ireland.

Keywords: Church of Ireland; Trinity College; Dublin; Adam Loftus; teaching; bishops; ecclesiastical commission; St Patrick's; recusancy; Counter-Reformation; preaching ministry

Chapter.  13662 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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