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date: 12 December 2019

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The negation of early modern Irish-language sources has been a constant refrain in Irish letters. This survey outlines the changing nature of the Irish literary tradition between the English Reconquest (1534–) and the United Irish Rebellion (1798). It assesses the efficacy of Gaelic Ireland’s rich literary heritage as a window on the socio-economic, political, and cultural history of the period through an appraisal of Irish Jacobitism (support for the exiled Stuarts) and Irish popular politics; with emphasis on popular Jacobitism, the relationship between the Irish Catholic Church and Jacobitism and the emerging cult of the Irish outlaw in 17th and 18th-century Irish poetry. Finally, it suggests that while much has been done to restore Irish-language sources to their rightful place at the epicentre of Irish historical studies, more editorial and interpretative work needs to be completed before scholars can properly appreciate the efficacy of Irish-language material in illuminating the period.

Keywords: Irish Language and Literature, Irish-Language Sources, Irish Jacobitism, Irish outlaw, ‘The Hidden Ireland’

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