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Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland

Ciarán McCabe


Beggars and begging were ubiquitous features of pre-Famine Irish society, yet have gone largely unexamined by historians. Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland explores at length for the first time the complex cultures of mendicancy, as well as how wider societal perceptions of and responses to begging were framed by social class, gender and religion. The study breaks new ground in exploring the challenges inherent in defining and measuring begging and alms-giving in pre-Famine Ireland, as well as the disparate ways in which mendicants were perceived by contemporaries. A discussi ... More

Keywords: Poverty, Begging, Beggars, Charity, Welfare, Religion, Catholic, Protestant, Ireland, Associational culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786941572
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ciarán McCabe, author