1st Edition

Luke Wadding, the Irish Franciscans, and Global Catholicism

Edited By Matteo Binasco Copyright 2020
    230 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the endeavors and activities of one of the most prominent early modern Irishmen in exile, the Franciscan Luke Wadding. Born in Ireland, educated in the Iberian Peninsula, Wadding arrived in Rome in 1618, where he would die in 1657. In the "Eternal City," the Franciscan emerged as an outstanding theologian, a learned scholar, a diplomat, and a college founder. This innovative collection of chapters brings together a group of international scholars who provide a ground-breaking analysis of the many cultural, political, and religious facets of Wadding’s life. They illustrate the challenges and changes faced by an Irishman who emerged as one of the most outstanding global figures of the Catholic Reformation. The volume will attract scholars of the early modern period, early modern Catholicism, and Irish emigration.

    1. Introduction: Father Luke Wadding — A Multifaced Irishman in a Global World

    Matteo Binasco

    Part I: Wadding and the Iberian Peninsula

    2. Irish Franciscans and the Santiago Province of Spain

    Benjamin Hazard

    3. "Learned, Attached and Reliable": Luke Wadding, Agent of the Spanish Monarchy

    Igor Pérez Tostado

    Part II: Wadding and the Roman Context

    4. Discovering Migration in the Seventeenth Century: Propaganda Fide, the Holy Office and Foreigners

    Matteo Sanfilippo

    5. Not Only a "Hibernese" in the Urbs: Luke Wadding and His Entourage in Seventeenth-Century Rome

    Matteo Binasco

    Part III: The Cultural World of Wadding

    6. The Development of Libraries in the Seventeenth Century: Luke Wadding’s Library

    Donatella Bellardini and Claudia Costacurta

    7. Luke Wadding: A Life in and for Books

    John McCafferty

    8. Luke Wadding and Scholars for the Arts in Seventeenth-Century Rome

    Giulia Spoltore

    9. The Wadding Circle and the History of Political Thought

    Ian Campbell

    Part IV: Wadding and Ireland

    10. Wadding and the Irish Tombs in St. Pietro in Montorio

    Mícheál Mac Craith

    11. The Vita Waddingi and the Memory of Confederate and Cromwellian Ireland

    Clare Lois Carroll

    12. Conclusion

    Matteo Binasco


    Matteo Binasco is an adjunct professor at the Università per gli Stranieri of Siena.