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    Disputes in the Irish college, Douai (1594–1614)

    O’Connor, Thomas (2021) Disputes in the Irish college, Douai (1594–1614). British Catholic History, 35 (4). pp. 396-414. ISSN 2055-7973

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    By the late sixteenth century, Irish demand for seminary places was sufficient to warrant the establishment of a dedicated Irish college in Lisbon (1590). This was followed by foundations in Salamanca (1592), Douai (1594) and elsewhere. The great majority were administered by the Society of Jesus, whose Irish members were generally Old English, a term denoting descendants of the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman settlers. Old English Jesuit domination of Irish colleges occasioned accusations of discrimination against students of Gaelic family backgrounds, with the students seeking redress from the secular authorities. The Irish college in Douai was not formally administered by the Jesuits, but its founder, Christopher Cusack, collaborated closely with the Society. Accusations against him of anti-Gaelic bias emerged in the 1600s, coincidental with the arrival of large numbers of Gaelic Irish refugees in Flanders at the end of the Nine Years War (1594–1603). Ethnic tensions and financial difficulties all but put paid to the college in the 1620s.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: O’Connor, T. (2021). Disputes in the Irish college, Douai (1594–1614). British Catholic History, 35(4), 396-414. doi:10.1017/bch.2021.16 Copyright: OA Publishing This pathway includes Open Access publishing
    Keywords: University; overseas seminary network; Irish students; Jesuit influence; regional and ethnic tensions
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Arts and Humanities Institute
    Item ID: 16683
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    Depositing User: Thomas O'Connor
    Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2022 09:43
    Journal or Publication Title: British Catholic History
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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