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A New History of IrelandEarly Modern Ireland 1534-1691$
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T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, and F. J. Byrne

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562527

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562527.001.0001

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Irish Literature in Latin, 1550–1700

Irish Literature in Latin, 1550–1700

(p.561) Chapter XXII Irish Literature in Latin, 1550–1700
A New History of Ireland

Benignus Millett

Oxford University Press

The Latin literature of the period 1550–1700 was not exclusively ecclesiastical. It was also a literature of medical doctors, lawyers, university fellows, schoolmasters, poets, and lexicographers. This chapter describes Irish literature and influence of Latin learning during this period. The historical writings in Latin were much more remarkable, and not a few are of enduring value. The traditional Gaelic schools had fostered among the Irish a love of history and the Latin literature of the period is rich in historical material. The increasing threat to Catholicism in Ireland gave a strong incentive to Catholics to develop a new sense of history. Latin writings produced by Irishmen shows that works in theology easily predominate. Among the educated Irish in the 16th and 17th centuries, even the medical men and clerics, the imbibing of Latin learning frequently led to further cultivation of the humanities, and with some to the production of Latin poetry and prose.

Keywords:   Irish literature, Latin literature, Latin learning, Catholicism, history, theology, humanities, poetry, prose

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