Spain and the Irish Mission, 1609-1707 examines Spanish confessional policy in 17th-century Ireland. Cristina Bravo Lozano provides an innovative perspective on Spanish-Irish relations during a crucial period for Early Modern European history. Key historical actors and events are brought to the fore in her account of the missionary networks created around the Irish Catholic exile in the Iberian Peninsula. She presents a comprehensive study of this form of royal patronage, the changes and challenges Irish Catholicism had to face after the peace of London (1604) and the role that Irish missionaries played in preserving its place within the framework of Anglo-Spanish relations.

chapter 1|18 pages

Hibernia, the Iberia of the North

chapter 2|59 pages

Ireland, Rome, Spain

The Origins of a Mission

chapter 3|22 pages

The Changing Nature of Royal Patronage

chapter 4|53 pages

‘Rock Castle, Trojan Horse’

The Restoration

chapter 5|20 pages

Under Catholic Sovereignty, 1685–1691

chapter 6|15 pages

Religion After War

Redefining the Mission

chapter 7|15 pages

Fin de Siècle

A Return Mission

chapter 8|9 pages

From the Habsburgs to the Bourbons

Change or Continuity?