Title page for ETD etd-04242012-124150

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Sailus, Christopher
URN etd-04242012-124150
Title Rebels, Settlers and Violence: Rebellion in Western Munster, 1641-2
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stater, Victor Committee Chair
Kooi, Christine Committee Member
Marchand, Suzanne Committee Member
  • Cork
  • civil war
  • depositions
  • sieges
  • Ballyally
  • robberies
  • stripping
  • English
  • MacCarthy
  • Ballycarty
  • Tralee
  • Muskerry
  • Barry
  • Inchiquin
  • Sugan
  • O'Brien
Date of Defense 2012-04-23
Availability unrestricted
This study challenges current historical assumptions about the nature, scope, and timeframe of the 1641 Irish Rebellion in Kerry, Clare, and Limerick counties in western Munster. Placing the start of the popular rebellion in these counties around 1 January 1642, the beginning of unrest is set several months further back. In the process of analyzing the actions of popular and organized rebels alike, the motivations for rebellion are characterized as political and social rather than religious. In turn, seventeenth-century Irish society was transformed from the traditional narrative of a rigid, religiously-divided society into something far more complex and amorphous, with emphasis placed on the importance of local situations, in particular the successes or failures of plantation policy and the existence of substantial Protestant populations. Though the rebellion would later coalesce along confessional lines after the October 1642 Confederation of Kilkenny, the initial period of rebellion demonstrates that certain areas of Ireland by 1641 had produced religiously heterogeneous societies that served to slightly soften attitudes between rebels and their Protestant neighbors.
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