Dr Alison Forrestal

PHD

Contact Details

Professor
School of History and Philosophy
NUI Galway
H91 TK33
T: 00 353 (0)91 495629
E: alison.forrestal@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher
 

Biography

I completed a BA Hons at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, and Maynooth University, in the mid-1990s, and, having fallen in love with History, went on to complete an MA in History at Maynooth University and a PhD in History at the University of Manchester, under the direction of Professor Joseph Bergin, FBA.  I secured my first lecturing post at the University of Warwick, before spending six enjoyable years as a lecturer at Durham University. I was appointed lecturer at NUI Galway in 2006, and raised to a senior lectureship in 2017. In 2020, I was promoted to a personal professorship.

I am a specialist in the early modern history of Catholicism, with particular interest in the social, political and cultural history of the Catholic Reformation in France and Ireland.  I have completed major projects on seventeenth-century religious reform, clerical culture and mission, resulting in three monographs and a suite of articles and essays.  Most recently, I published my third monograph with Oxford University Press: Vincent de Paul, the Lazarist Mission, and French Catholic Reform (2017).  In this, I
examined the development of the reform enterprises associated with Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), a driving force behind the Catholic Reformation in France and internationally, whose influence on Catholic socio-cultural norms and ideals has endured to the present. This project also included an innovative digital element, in which I acted as a co-investigator - http://earlymoderndocs.omeka.net/ - an open access collection of transcriptions and translations of 900 primary documents from the Vatican Archives (Vincentian Missionaries in Seventeenth-Century Europe and Africa: A Digital Edition of Sources).

Through my career, my research has benefited from many individual and team research awards, including awards from the British Academy, the Irish Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, DePaul Office of Mission and Values, and PRTLI4. I have also won a Dean's Award for Research Publication and a President's Award for Research Excellence, and have twice been selected to represent NUIG in the national finals of the Irish Research Council's Researcher of the Year Award. In 2019, I became an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), 'the highest academic honour in Ireland.'

Looking to the future, I am developing a project on inter-generational religious values and identities amongst devout families and clergy of the French reform movement. Currently, I am researching the Lamoignon legal dynasty, and am working on the foundation, consolidation and survival of new clerical congregations under the Bourbons.
 

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the history of early modern Catholic culture and society, with particular interests in Catholic Reformation in France and Ireland.  My most recent project focused on the career of Vincent de Paul and the development of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists) within the Catholic reform movement of seventeenth-century France, and I am now in the early stages of a new project on inter-generational religious identities amongst devout activists of the Catholic Reformation.

I would welcome enquiries from those interested in postgraduate research on seventeenth-century France and/or Ireland, and more generally on the history of the Catholic church and Catholic religion and culture in the early modern world.

Books

  Year Publication
(2017) Vincent de Paul, the Lazarist Mission, and French Catholic Reform.
Alison Forrestal (2017) Vincent de Paul, the Lazarist Mission, and French Catholic Reform. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
(2004) Fathers, Pastors and Kings: Visions of Episcopacy in Seventeenth-Century France.
Forrestal, A. (2004) Fathers, Pastors and Kings: Visions of Episcopacy in Seventeenth-Century France. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]
(1998) Catholic Synods in Ireland, 1600-1690.
Forrestal, A. (1998) Catholic Synods in Ireland, 1600-1690. : Four Courts Press Dublin. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2016) The Frontiers of Mission: Perspectives on Early Modern Missionary Catholicism.
Alison Forrestal and Sean Smith (Ed.). (2016) The Frontiers of Mission: Perspectives on Early Modern Missionary Catholicism. Leiden: Brill. [Details]
(2009) Politics and Religion in Early Bourbon France.
Alison Forrestal and Eric Nelson (Ed.). (2009) Politics and Religion in Early Bourbon France Politics and Religion in Early Bourbon France. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Latecomers to Reform? Catholic Activism in the Wake of the French Wars of Religion'
Alison Forrestal (2017) 'Latecomers to Reform? Catholic Activism in the Wake of the French Wars of Religion'. Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, 106 (424):466-475 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Slavery on the Frontier: The Report of a French Missionary on Mid-Seventeenth-Century Tunis'
Alison Forrestal (with Felicia Rosu) (2012) 'Slavery on the Frontier: The Report of a French Missionary on Mid-Seventeenth-Century Tunis'. Reformation And Renaissance Review, 14 (2):170-211 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'Venues for Clerical Formation in Catholic Reformation Paris: Vincent de Paul and the Tuesday Conference and Company'
Alison Forrestal (2010) 'Venues for Clerical Formation in Catholic Reformation Paris: Vincent de Paul and the Tuesday Conference and Company'. Journal of the Western Society for French History, 38 :44-60 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'Irish Entrants to the Congregation of the Mission, 1625-60'
Alison Forrestal (2009) 'Irish Entrants to the Congregation of the Mission, 1625-60'. Archivium Hibernicum, 62 :37-79 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'Vincent de Paul: The Principles and Practices of Government, 1625-60'
Alison Forrestal (2009) 'Vincent de Paul: The Principles and Practices of Government, 1625-60'. Vincentian Heritage Journal, 29 (2):50-67 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'Vincent de Paul as Mentor'
Alison Forrestal (2008) 'Vincent de Paul as Mentor'. Vincentian Heritage Journal, 27 (2):7-16 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2005) ''A Catholic Model of Martyrdom in the Post-Reformation Era: The Bishop in Seventeenth-Century France''
Alison Forrestal (2005) ''A Catholic Model of Martyrdom in the Post-Reformation Era: The Bishop in Seventeenth-Century France''. The Seventeenth Century, 20 (2):254-280 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2004) 'Revisiting Sacred Propaganda: The Holy Bishop in the Seventeenth-Century Jansenist Quarrel'
Alison Forrestal (2004) 'Revisiting Sacred Propaganda: The Holy Bishop in the Seventeenth-Century Jansenist Quarrel'. Reformation And Renaissance Review, 6 (1):7-35 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2003) ''Making Bishops in Tridentine France: The Episcopal Ideal of Jean-Pierre Camus''
Alison Forrestal (2003) ''Making Bishops in Tridentine France: The Episcopal Ideal of Jean-Pierre Camus''. Journal Of Ecclesiastical History, 54 (2):254-277 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2002) 'Fathers, Leaders, Kings: Episcopacy and Episcopal Reform in the Seventeenth-Century French School''
Alison Forrestal (2002) 'Fathers, Leaders, Kings: Episcopacy and Episcopal Reform in the Seventeenth-Century French School''. The Seventeenth Century, 17 (1):24-47 [ARAN Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Re-thinking Missionary Catholicism for the Early Modern Era'
Alison Forrestal (with Sean Smith) (2016) 'Re-thinking Missionary Catholicism for the Early Modern Era' In: Alison Forrestal and Sean Smith (eds), The Frontiers of Mission: Perspectives on Early Modern Catholicism. Leiden: Brill. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) 'Catholic Missionaries in a Territory of Reunion: The French Crown and the Congregation of the Mission in Sedan, 1642-57'
Alison Forrestal (2013) 'Catholic Missionaries in a Territory of Reunion: The French Crown and the Congregation of the Mission in Sedan, 1642-57' In: Steven Ellis and Raingard Esser (eds), Frontiers and Borders in Early Modern Europe. Hannover: Wehrhahn. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Catholic Reformation in Seventeenth-Century Ireland: Vincent de Paul’s Missionaries in Munster'
Alison Forrestal (2012) 'Catholic Reformation in Seventeenth-Century Ireland: Vincent de Paul’s Missionaries in Munster' In: Salvador Ryan and Brendan Leahy (eds), Treasures of Irish Christianity. Dublin: Veritas. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'Vincent de Paul: Formation and Leadership amongst Catholic Dévots'
Alison Forrestal (2009) 'Vincent de Paul: Formation and Leadership amongst Catholic Dévots' In: Alison Forrestal and Eric Nelson (eds), After the League: Politics and Religion in Early Bourbon France. Houndmills: Palgrave. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'Introduction'
Alison Forrestal (with Eric Nelson) (2009) 'Introduction' In: Alison Forrestal and Eric Nelson (eds), After the League: Politics and Religion in Early Bourbon France. Houndmills: Palgrave. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'The Church in the Tridentine and Early Modern Eras'
Alison Forrestal (2008) 'The Church in the Tridentine and Early Modern Eras' In: Gerald Mannion and Lewis Mudge (eds), The Routledge Companion to the Christian Church. London: Routledge. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Electronic Publication

  Year Publication
Vincentian Missionaries in Seventeenth-century Europe and Africa: A Digital Edition of Sources from the Vatican Archives.
Alison Forrestal and Felicia Rosu Vincentian Missionaries in Seventeenth-century Europe and Africa: A Digital Edition of Sources from the Vatican Archives. Electronic Publication [Details]

Dictionary Entry

  Year Publication
(2004) Terence O’Brien (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).
Forrestal, A. (2004) Terence O’Brien (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Dictionary Entry [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2004) Roche MacGeoghegan (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).
Forrestal, A. (2004) Roche MacGeoghegan (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Dictionary Entry [ARAN Link] [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
(2018) The Europe that the Irish Friars Encountered in 1607', in Proceedings of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh International Summer School.
Alison Forrestal (2018) The Europe that the Irish Friars Encountered in 1607', in Proceedings of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh International Summer School. Donegal: Article [Details]
(2017) 'The Reformation at 500' www.rte.ie/brainstorm.
Alison Forrestal (2017) 'The Reformation at 500' www.rte.ie/brainstorm. www.rte.ie/brainstorm: Article [Details]
(2017) 'Who was Vincent de Paul?' www.rte.ie/brainstorm.
Alison Forrestal (2017) 'Who was Vincent de Paul?' www.rte.ie/brainstorm. Article [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
(2018) Nicole Reinhardt, Voices of Conscience. Royal Confessors and Political Counsel in Seventeenth-Century Spain and France (Oxford University Press, 2017) in H-France Review, 18 (2018).
Alison Forrestal (2018) Nicole Reinhardt, Voices of Conscience. Royal Confessors and Political Counsel in Seventeenth-Century Spain and France (Oxford University Press, 2017) in H-France Review, 18 (2018). Book Review [Details]
(2016) Elizabeth Tingle, Indulgences after Luther. Pardons in Counter-Reformation France, 1520-1720, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 68, no 2 (2017).
Alison Forrestal (2016) Elizabeth Tingle, Indulgences after Luther. Pardons in Counter-Reformation France, 1520-1720, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 68, no 2 (2017). Book Review [Details]
(2016) Véronique Beaulande-Barraud and Martine Charageat (eds), Les Officialités dans l’Europe medieval et modern. Des tribunaux pour une société chrétienne. Actes du colloque international organize par le Centre d’études et de recherché en histoire culturelle (CERHiC-EA2616) (Troyes, 27-29 mai 2010), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 67, no 1 (2016).
Alison Forrestal (2016) Véronique Beaulande-Barraud and Martine Charageat (eds), Les Officialités dans l’Europe medieval et modern. Des tribunaux pour une société chrétienne. Actes du colloque international organize par le Centre d’études et de recherché en histoire culturelle (CERHiC-EA2616) (Troyes, 27-29 mai 2010), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 67, no 1 (2016). Book Review [Details]
(2013) Anthony Wright, The Divisions of French Catholicism, 1629-1645. ‘The Parting of the Ways’ (Farnham 2011), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 64, no 1 (2013).
Alison Forrestal (2013) Anthony Wright, The Divisions of French Catholicism, 1629-1645. ‘The Parting of the Ways’ (Farnham 2011), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 64, no 1 (2013). Book Review [Details]
(2013) Jennifer Maria DeSilva (ed.), Episcopal Reform and Politics in Early Modern Europe (Kirksville, MO 2012), Renaissance Quarterly, 66, no. 3 (2013).
Forrestal, A (2013) Jennifer Maria DeSilva (ed.), Episcopal Reform and Politics in Early Modern Europe (Kirksville, MO 2012), Renaissance Quarterly, 66, no. 3 (2013). Book Review [DOI] [Details]
(2012) Karen E. Carter, Creating Catholics. Catechism and Primary Education in Early Modern France (Notre Dame, Ind. 2011), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 63 no 3 (2012).
Alison Forrestal (2012) Karen E. Carter, Creating Catholics. Catechism and Primary Education in Early Modern France (Notre Dame, Ind. 2011), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 63 no 3 (2012). Book Review [Details]
(2011) Allan Tulchin, That Men Would Praise the Lord. The Triumph of Protestantism in Nîmes, 1530-1570 (Oxford 2010), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 62 (2011).
Alison Forrestal (2011) Allan Tulchin, That Men Would Praise the Lord. The Triumph of Protestantism in Nîmes, 1530-1570 (Oxford 2010), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 62 (2011). Book Review [DOI] [Details]
(2011) Patrick Petot, Alain de Solminihac (1593-1659). Reformer Prelate of the Abbaye de Chancelade of the Cahors Bishopric (Turnhout 2009), Catholic Historical Review, 97, no 2 (2011).
Alison Forrestal (2011) Patrick Petot, Alain de Solminihac (1593-1659). Reformer Prelate of the Abbaye de Chancelade of the Cahors Bishopric (Turnhout 2009), Catholic Historical Review, 97, no 2 (2011). Book Review [Details]
(2009) John Paul MacDonald (ed. and trans.), Jean Mabillon, Treatise on Monastic Studies (Lanham, ML 2004), Journal of Religious History, 34, no 1 (2009).
Alison Forrestal (2009) John Paul MacDonald (ed. and trans.), Jean Mabillon, Treatise on Monastic Studies (Lanham, ML 2004), Journal of Religious History, 34, no 1 (2009). Book Review [Details]
(2009) Benoist Pierre, Le Père Joseph. L’Éminence grise de Richelieu (Paris 2007), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 59, no. 3 (2009).
Alison Forrestal (2009) Benoist Pierre, Le Père Joseph. L’Éminence grise de Richelieu (Paris 2007), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 59, no. 3 (2009). Book Review [Details]
(2008) Jacqueline Lalouette (ed.), L’Hôpital entre religions et laïcité du Moyen Âge à nos jours (Paris 2006), Catholic Historical Review, 94 (2008).
Alison Forrestal (2008) Jacqueline Lalouette (ed.), L’Hôpital entre religions et laïcité du Moyen Âge à nos jours (Paris 2006), Catholic Historical Review, 94 (2008). Book Review [Details]
(2008) Michael Wintroub, A Savage Mirror: Power, Identity, and Knowledge in Early Modern France (Stanford 2006), Sixteenth-Century Journal, xxxix, no. 1 (2008).
Alison Forrestal (2008) Michael Wintroub, A Savage Mirror: Power, Identity, and Knowledge in Early Modern France (Stanford 2006), Sixteenth-Century Journal, xxxix, no. 1 (2008). Book Review [Details]
(2007) Susan E. Dinan, Women and Poor Relief in Seventeenth-Century France. The Early History of the Daughters of Charity (Aldershot 2006), Catholic Historical Review, 93 (2007).
Alison Forrestal (2007) Susan E. Dinan, Women and Poor Relief in Seventeenth-Century France. The Early History of the Daughters of Charity (Aldershot 2006), Catholic Historical Review, 93 (2007). Book Review [Details]
(2007) Raymond Gillespie, Seventeenth-Century Ireland. Making Ireland Modern (Dublin 2006), Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, 59 (2007).
Alison Forrestal (2007) Raymond Gillespie, Seventeenth-Century Ireland. Making Ireland Modern (Dublin 2006), Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, 59 (2007). Book Review [Details]
(2007) Eric Nelson, The Jesuits and the Monarchy. Catholic Reform and Political Authority in France (1590-1615) (Aldershot 2005), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 58, no. 2 (2007).
Alison Forrestal (2007) Eric Nelson, The Jesuits and the Monarchy. Catholic Reform and Political Authority in France (1590-1615) (Aldershot 2005), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 58, no. 2 (2007). Book Review [Details]
(2007) J. Michael Hayden and Malcolm R. Greenshields, 600 Years of Reform. Bishops and the French Church, 1190-1789 (Montreal and Kingston 2005), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 58, no.2 (2007).
Alison Forrestal (2007) J. Michael Hayden and Malcolm R. Greenshields, 600 Years of Reform. Bishops and the French Church, 1190-1789 (Montreal and Kingston 2005), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 58, no.2 (2007). Book Review [Details]
(2006) Barry Coward and Julian Swann (eds), Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theory in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot and Burlington, Vt 2004), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 57, no. 2 (2006).
Alison Forrestal (2006) Barry Coward and Julian Swann (eds), Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theory in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot and Burlington, Vt 2004), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 57, no. 2 (2006). Book Review [Details]
(2006) Michael Carroll, Irish Pilgrimage: Holy Wells and Popular Catholic Devotion (Baltimore and London 1999), Journal of Religious History (2006).
Alison Forrestal (2006) Michael Carroll, Irish Pilgrimage: Holy Wells and Popular Catholic Devotion (Baltimore and London 1999), Journal of Religious History (2006). Book Review [Details]
(2006) Bernard Pujo, Vincent de Paul. The Trailblazer, trans. Gertrud Graubart Champe (Notre Dame, Ind 2003), French History, 20, no. 4 (2006).
Alison Forrestal (2006) Bernard Pujo, Vincent de Paul. The Trailblazer, trans. Gertrud Graubart Champe (Notre Dame, Ind 2003), French History, 20, no. 4 (2006). Book Review [Details]
(2006) Will Coster and Andrew Spicer (eds), Sacred Space in Early Modern Europe, Renaissance Studies, 20, no. 4 (2006).
Alison Forrestal (2006) Will Coster and Andrew Spicer (eds), Sacred Space in Early Modern Europe, Renaissance Studies, 20, no. 4 (2006). Book Review [Details]
(2005) P. Dieudonné, La Paix Clémentine. Défaite et victoire du premier jansénisme français sous le pontificat de Clément IX (1667-1669) (Louvain 2003), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 56, no. 1 (2005).
Alison Forrestal (2005) P. Dieudonné, La Paix Clémentine. Défaite et victoire du premier jansénisme français sous le pontificat de Clément IX (1667-1669) (Louvain 2003), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 56, no. 1 (2005). Book Review [Details]
(2005) Barbara Diefendorf, From Penitence to Charity. Pious Women and the Catholic Reformation in Paris (Oxford 2004), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 56, no. 3 (2005).
Alison Forrestal (2005) Barbara Diefendorf, From Penitence to Charity. Pious Women and the Catholic Reformation in Paris (Oxford 2004), Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 56, no. 3 (2005). Book Review [Details]
(2004) Maria Craciun, Ividiu Ghitta and Graeme Murdock (eds), Confessional Identity in East-Central Europe (Aldershot 2002), Sobornost, 26, no. 2 (2004).
Alison Forrestal (2004) Maria Craciun, Ividiu Ghitta and Graeme Murdock (eds), Confessional Identity in East-Central Europe (Aldershot 2002), Sobornost, 26, no. 2 (2004). Book Review [Details]