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Title: S. Finnian of Clonard
Author: Hughes, Kathleen W.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 1951
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Since the middle ages Irelaad has been described as insula sanctorum, and modern Irish scholership has taken a keen and devoted interest in hagiographical studies. The foundations were laid in the seventeenth century in those continental seminaries to which Catholics resorted after the subjection of Ireland to England, The Jesuit Father Henry Fitz Simon published the first Irish hagiological work in 1611 with his Catalogus praecipuorum sanctorum Hiberniae, and a few years later other members of his order began the great Bollandist undertaking which has included Irish saints in its examination. The greatest achievement of the century belongs however to the Irish Franciscans. Hugh Ward, superior of Louvain, successor to a family of professional historians, drew up a plan for a Thesaurus Antiquitatum Hibemicarum, though it was John Colgan who after Ward's death edited the work in a revised form. Letters were sent out all over Europe to those who might be able to contribute information, and the trained historian Michael O'Clery, with others, was ordered to transcribe ancient hagiographical manuscripts in Ireland.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Religious History