The IHR Blog |

The Catholic Church, Ireland and the British empire, 1800–1921

by

Oliver Rafferty examines the ironic contours of the relationship between the Catholic Church and the British empire in the period 1800–1921. He reveals not only how the Vatican appreciated British government largesse but also that successive popes were quite prepared to downplay Irish Catholic interests for the sake of church expansion in the empire as a whole. Historical Research Early View