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Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

The Irish Franciscans in Prague 1629-1786

At the end of the sixteenth century, Queen Elizabeth I forced the Irish Franciscans into exile. Of the four continental provinces to which the Irish Franciscans fled, the Prague Franciscan College of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary was the largest in its time. This monograph documents this intense point of contact between two small European lands, Ireland and Bohemia. The Irish exiles changed the course of Bohemian history in significant ways, both positive—the Irish students and teachers of medicine who contributed to Bohemia’s culture and sciences—and negative—the Irish officers who participated in the murder of Albrecht of Valdštejn and their successors who served in the Imperial forces.
            Dealing with a hitherto largely neglected theme, Parez and Kucharová attempt to place the Franciscan College within Bohemian history and to document the activities of its members. This wealth of historical material from the Czech archives, presented in English for the first time, will be of great aid for international researchers, particularly those interested in Bohemia or the Irish diaspora.

200 pages | 30 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015

History: European History


“Pařez and Kuchařová are to be congratulated on the research they have conducted in Czech archives on this little-known period of Irish Franciscan history and on making their work available to a wider audience. It is now up to Irish scholars to engage with them and shed further light on the Irish continental college movement.”

Mícheál Mac Craith, OFM, Collegio S. Isidoro, Rome, Italy | Archivum Franciscanum Historicum

“An important contribution to a fuller understanding of the Irish Franciscans during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Prague has been the major piece that has been missing.”

Joseph McMahon, Franciscan Friary, Dublin

Table of Contents

Authors’ acknowledgements
Translators’ acknowledgements
Introduction to the English edition
Translators’ notes on terminology
Translators’ notes on names
1. The Irish and Bohemian Society – An Irish Island in a Bohemian Sea
2. Between the Emperor and the Archbishop (1629-1636)
3. The Irish Franciscans in the Service of the Archbishops of Prague (1636-1692)
4. The Involuntary Path to Seclusion (1692-1730)
5. The Disunited Crew of a Forgotten Ship (1730-1786)
6. Ite, Missa Est
7. Archives and Libraries
Members of the Franciscan College of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary in Prague (1629-1786)
Guardians of the Franciscan College of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary in Prague (1629-1786)

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