Lecture on the Nine Years War

The Institute of Catholic Culture has a really fantastic collection of downloadable lectures on all things Catholic, with a particular focus on ecclesiastical history. I recently noticed two lectures by Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, President of Christendom College, on the Nine Years War, which was the most decisive turning point in modern Irish history and ended in English victory against the forces of Hugh O’Neill and Hugh Roe O’Donnell (and their Spanish allies), leading to the complete collapse of the Gaelic order, the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster. You can listen to the lectures by clicking on the play buttons below or, alternatively, you can download them in MP3 format here and here. Dr. O’Donnell has also written a book on the topic: Swords Around the Cross: The Nine Years War: Ireland’s Defense of Faith and Fatherland, 1594-1603. I have not read it but it might be worth buying as a Christmas present. (The Amazon blurb presents it as “one of the few full-length treatments of the heroic struggle of the Irish clansmen in their effort to defend their faith and country against English encroachment and conquest in the sixteenth century. This book has infuriated establishment academics for its honest and thorough treatment of the Irish past. In so doing, the image of a “golden age” under Elizabeth I is dealt a serious blow.”)


Posted on December 6, 2011, in Irish History, Persecution, Spain. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Thank you for that very timely suggestion about what looks like a fascinating book, Shane! On a related (I hope) note, I was hugely influenced by Eamonn Duffy’s “Stripping of the altars” in the early 90s. I always regretted that such a work just could not be done for Irish Catholic architectural and liturgical patrimony because of the loss of the primary written sources, not to mention the actual artefacts themselves apart from isolated examples.

  2. Jaykay, you’re very welcome. If you or any other readers would like to do a review of it after reading it, I’d be more than happy to post it.

    I bought ‘The Stripping of the Altars’ three years ago but only read bits of it and kinda forgot about it. I very much enjoyed his book ‘Marking the Hours’, but his history of the popes wasn’t great.

    • “Faith of our Fathers” is to be avoided as well! I have “Marking the hours” but have to admit I only really skimmed through it. However “Voices of Morebath” is well worth the read: basically a follow-up to “The stripping…” concentrating on one small parish in Devon from before, through and after the “reformation” using the surviving records.

      I think I’ll get the 9 Years’ War book. Will certainly do a review. Thanks again for posting about it.

  3. That’d be great, thanks. I had been thinking about buying ‘Faith of our Fathers’ before but from what you’ve told me about it, I think it’d anger me too much.

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