The Other Irish Mission: Spanish Patronage and Catholic Hierarchy in the Seventeenth Century

  • Cristina Bravo Lozano
Part of the Christianities in the Trans-Atlantic World book series (CTAW)


This essay focuses on the efforts of the exiled Irish nobility for promoting Irish bishops who were in favour of the Spanish monarchy. By paying particular attention to the cases of David Kearney, and Thomas Walsh, archbishops of Cashel from 1603 to 1624 and from 1626 to 1654 respectively, the essay will investigate how and through which networks these petitions were submitted to the Spanish court in Madrid. Analysis of these strategies will demonstrate the existence of dual strategy: on one side there were the plans carried out by the Irish bishops who wished to obtain the royal patronage; on the other side there were the Spanish kings who aimed to forge strong links with the Irish Catholic hierarchy in order to preserve Catholicism in Ireland.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Bravo Lozano
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  1. 1.Departamento de Historia ModernaUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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