Irish History and Irish Character by Goldwin SmithIrish History and Irish Character by Goldwin Smith

Irish History and Irish Character

byGoldwin Smith

Paperback | February 5, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862. Excerpt: ... s. war-hatchet--the precursor of the modern shillelagh--in his hand, and filling the country with their clan feuds and raids, the Church must have been like " a lodge in a garden of cucumbers." Its position must have been aptly represented by those Round Towers, the subjects of so much romance and mystery, which are now allowed to have been half bell-towers, half refuges for the priests and the sacred things when the district was swept by plundering incursions. The hierarchy of the primitive Irish Church was most imperfect to a Roman eye. For a long time there were no Archbishops. Bishops were multiplied with what in Roman estimation was most irregular prodigalityTM. There seems to have been one in every village. But they were consecrated, against the Roman rule, by one bishop only. Hence their ordinations were questionable; and the Roman Churches looked askance on clergymen from Ireland with uncertain credentials, as a strict Anglican Bishop might at the present day. The absence of towns, which was fatal to the political and social progress of the country, no doubt also greatly affected the regular organization of the hierarchy, the settlement of sees, and the pomp and order of religious worship. The only towns of any consequence in Ireland before the Conquest were those on the East and South coast occupied by the Danes. The feudal system, in the countries where it prevailed, laid hold on the episcopate, and turned the bishoprics into baronies and the rich sees into appanages for great feudal houses. In the same way the Sept seems TM S. Bernard, De Vita S. Malachise, c. 10. D to have laid hold on the episcopate in Ireland. St. Bernard" complains of "a most pernicious custom, which had gained strength by the diabolical ambition of men in power, of holding...
Title:Irish History and Irish CharacterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217493637

ISBN - 13:9780217493635