Forming Catholic Communities assesses the histories of Irish, English and Scots colleges established abroad in the early-modern period for Catholic students. The contributions provide a co-ordinated series of case studies which reflect the most up-to-date research on the colleges. The essays address interactions with European states, international networking, educational frameworks, financial challenges, print culture and institutional survival into the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. From these essays, the colleges emerge as unexpectedly complex institutions. With their financial, pastoral, and intellectual networks, they provided an educational infrastructure that, whatever its short-comings, remained crucial to the domestic and international communities they served during more than two centuries.
Liam Chambers, Ph.D (2002), Maynooth University, is senior lecturer and head of the department of history at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He is joint editor of the journal
Irish Historical Studies.
Thomas O’Connor, Ph.D (1994), Sorbonne-Paris IV, is professor of history at Maynooth University. He edits
Archivium Hibernicum. His most recent book is
Irish Voices from the Spanish Inquisition (Palgrave, 2016).
“the editors have produced a volume which provides a series of insights into a phenomenon of genuine importance to British and Irish Catholicism.”
Tadhg O' hAnnrachain, University College, Dublin. In:
The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 70, No. 1 (January 2019), p. 193.
Table of contents
Contents List of Illustrations List of Contributors Introduction Liam Chambers and Thomas O’Connor
Part 1: Patronage and Service
Irish Collegians in Spanish Service (1560–1803) Thomas O’Connor 2
Seraphic Sparks: The Irish Franciscan and Capuchin Colleges on the Continent Mícheál Mac Craith 3
Pietas Austriaca and ‘Dispensers of Royal Authority’: The Early Irish Colleges and Habsburg Cultural Strategies Declan M. Downey
Part 2: Migration and Schooling
‘Bullworks against the furie of heresie’: Identity, Education, and Mission in the English Jesuit College of St Omers Jan Graffius 5
The English Benedictines in Eighteenth-Century Lorraine Frédéric Richard-Maupillier
Part 3: Faction and Finance
The Spanish Court, Ecclesiastical Patronage, and the Irish College of Santiago de Compostela (1611–17) Ciaran O’Scea 7
The Early Failures of the Irish College Rome, 1628–78 Matteo Binasco 8
Financial Mismanagement at the Irish College, 1772–98 Christopher Korten
Part 4: Print and Culture
English Recusant Controversy in Spanish Print Culture: Dissemination, Popularisation, Fictionalisation Ana Sáez-Hidalgo 10
Creating an Irish Identity: Print, Culture, and the Irish Franciscans of Louvain Marc Caball
Part 5: Afterlives – Surviving the Nineteenth Century
The ‘British Establishments’, the Irish College in Paris and Restoration France, 1814–30 Liam Chambers 12
The Trouble with France: Making Scots Priests in France, 1818–78 Iida Saarinen 13
The Transformation of the Irish College, Paris: War, Education, and Administration, 1870–1918 Justin Dolan Stover
Specialists, students and general readers working on or interested in Irish, English and Scottish history, particularly those interested in the history of Catholicism, religion, migration and education.