Performative violence and the politics of violence in the 1641 depositions
in Ireland, 1641
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This chapter concentrates on the 'performative violence' in the 1641 depositions, in an attempt to get behind the biases in the archive and to recognise the statements made through the violence. It seeks to bring together and build upon the findings of the distinguished group of historians whose work has done so much to recover the value of the 1641 depositions. The chapter argues that, while both sections of Irish landed and urban society became entangled in the violence, popular participation suggests a greater level of popular political engagement. In what Clodagh Tait has called the 'politics of disinterment', the attack on churches involved the desecration of the Protestant bodies buried there. The chapter recovers the dramaturgy of the 1641 violence. The victims of violence testified within the discourse of godly suffering and racialised representations of the native Irish as duplicitous, barbarous and savage.

Ireland, 1641

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