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    The parish fraternities of County Meath in the late middle ages

    Lennon, Colm (2008) The parish fraternities of County Meath in the late middle ages. Records of Meath Archaeological and Historical Society, X1X. pp. 85-101.

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    In the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, dozens of religious fraternities of lay men and women were founded in the area of eastern Ireland, known as the Pale. In Meath alone, there were at least twenty of these associations established in towns and villages throughout the county proportionately the highest number in any part of the Englishry of late medieval Ireland.' The vogue among lay men and women for banding themselves together in religious associations was widespread throughout late medieval Europe. Fuelled essentially by a desire to have their souls remembered in perpetuity in order to escape the pains of Purgatory, the primary function of the fraternity was celebration of mass by specially-appointed chaplain^.^ The grim mortality of the Black Death in the mid-fourteenth century had borne in upon Christians everywhere ever more acutely their tenuous hold upon life, and in the decades that followed, the survivors engaged in benefaction of religious institutions on a large scale.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Parish fraternities; County Meath; middle ages;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History
    Item ID: 969
    Depositing User: Colm Lennon
    Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2008
    Journal or Publication Title: Records of Meath Archaeological and Historical Society
    Publisher: The Meath Archaeological and Historical Society
    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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