A Nation of Beggars? Priests, People, and Politics in Famine Ireland, 1846-1852

Synopsis

This is the first full account of the role of the Irish Catholic Church in the Great Famine of 1846 and its aftermath. Kerr shows how the Famine and consequent evictions led to rural violence and assassination and how these years also saw an increase in religious tensions as Protestant Evangelicals made an all-out effort to Protestantize Ireland. His incisive analysis charts the souring of relations between church and state and the destruction of Lord John Russell's dream of bringing a golden age to Ireland.