Faculty Advisor

Smith, Katherine

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2011


This essay focuses on the changes in English rhetoric concerning Irish Catholicism from 1578-1610. Authors used specific rhetoric and terminology meant to imply the Catholicism and otherness of the Irish native population. This rhetoric fell into three different stages, the first two of which overlapped chronologically. These stages included acknowledging Irish Catholicism as a somewhat legitimate belief system, denial of any Irish religious tendencies, and a compromise between the two in which authors described the Irish as practicing popery, sin and superstition, but they still had religious beliefs. These changes show the relationship between the Tudor church and state during the end of Elizabeth’s reign. This essay should serve as a launch pad for further research.


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