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    Money, Death, and Agency in Catholic Ireland, 1850–1921

    Doyle, Patrick and Roddy, Sarah (2019) Money, Death, and Agency in Catholic Ireland, 1850–1921. Journal of Social History, 54 (3). pp. 799-818. ISSN 1527-1897

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    Between the end of the Great Famine and the end of the union with Britain, the Irish Catholic Church was almost exclusively funded by ordinary lay people. This article examines the financial relationship between clergy and laity, focusing on payments related to death. In doing so, it argues three main points. First, it suggests that previous conceptions of lay people coerced into giving their money to the church are too simplistic and deny the complex agency of the people of many social classes who gave the money. Second, it argues that using the financial transactions of ordinary people gives historians a much-needed methodology for recovering lives about which the archives are otherwise silent. Third, it posits that the mediation of faith through money, specifically, must be added to the growing body of work on "material religion."

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Doyle, P. & Roddy, S. 2021, "Money, Death, and Agency in Catholic Ireland, 1850–1921", Journal of social history, vol. 54, no. 3, pp. 799-818.
    Keywords: Historians; Lay people; Irish Catholic Church; Famine; money;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History
    Item ID: 17848
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    Depositing User: Dr Sarah Roddy
    Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2023 11:42
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social History
    Publisher: Oxford 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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