Irish Priests in the Penal Times: 1660-1760, from the State Papers in H.M. Record Offices, Dublin and Londaon, the Bodleian Library, and the British Museum. Father William P. Burke.
Irish Priests in the Penal Times: 1660-1760, from the State Papers in H.M. Record Offices, Dublin and Londaon, the Bodleian Library, and the British Museum

Irish Priests in the Penal Times: 1660-1760, from the State Papers in H.M. Record Offices, Dublin and Londaon, the Bodleian Library, and the British Museum

Waterford: N. Harvey and Co., 1914. Octavo. Item #026156

491 pages, index. bound in is the errata slip. His prodigious research using extensive sources allowed this to be a monumental work which is in many ways the only firsthand account of original sources since the Public Record Office in Dublin burned down in 1922. The persecution of Catholics from 1660 to 1760 involved spying, intercepting letters, paying former Catholic to pretend their desire to return to the faith, and even a convicted murderer who escaped the noose though in attempting to be a priest hunter (also known as priest catchers), he managed to instead be apprehended by the priest and ended up drowning in a nearby lake. The details on Oliver Plunket, the Popery Acts, and what happened in Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Connaught are indicative of how extensive the efforts were to extirpate Catholicism from Britain. The chapter on Priest Catchers is fascinating in itself, with details on the arrest, loss of property by Catholic protectors, and any activity that was part of what was called the curse of Popery. Bound in green cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, From the library of Father Richard Power with his stamp, some fading to spine, title page toned, internally clean. A very good copy.

Price: $70.00