The Irish Franciscans in Prague 1629 - 1786

The Irish Franciscans in Prague 1629 - 1786
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Hedvika Kuchařová, Jan Pařez

The Irish Franciscans in Prague 1629-1786

A history of the College of the Immaculate Conception, 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.


Author's acknowledgements
Translator's acknowledgements
Introduction to the English edition
Translator's note on on terminology
Translator's note on names

1. The Irish and Bohemian society - An Irish insland in a Bohemian sea
The road to emigration
The Irish Franciscans and soldiers
The Irish Franciscans and doctors
The Irish Franciscans and other Irishmen
The Irish Franciscans and the nobility
The Irish Franciscans and their Prague neighbours

2. Between the Emperor and the Archbishop (1629-1636)
The Irish province of the Order of Franciscans of the Stricter Observance: from the Atlantic ot the Mediterranean and the Baltic
Fallon's mission
Patrick Fleming and his death
The college statues: a view of the household

3. The Irish Franciscans in the Service of the Archbishops of Prague (1636-1692)
The seminary of Archbishop Harrach
Anthony Bruodin: the double exile of the Scotist scholar
The church by the Powder Gate

4. The involuntary Path to Seclusion (1692-1730)
Prolonged tension in the college
"The Hiberninans, for money"
Sapientia aedificavit sibi domum

5. The Disunited Crew of a Forgotten Ship (1730-1786)
The course of events
The protagonists: the views from within
A vague resolution: the question of education and authority
The fading flame of Scotism

6. Ite, Missa Est
Bona: mobilia et immobilia

7. Archives and Libraries
Manuscript sources
Period publications

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)


Karolinum, Prague 2015, size 165 x 235 mm, 226 pages, ISBN 978-80-246-2676-5