Michael Moore, priest, philosopher and educationalist, was one of the most prominent Irish émigré scholars of the 17th early 18th centuries. He rose to prominence when he returned to Dublin in the late 1680s and is known to Irish historians as the first Catholic provost of Trinity College (his tenure ended dramatically when he clashed with James II over his ecclesiastical policies and was banished as a result). During a successful career in France and Italy, Moore became the only Irish rector of the University of Paris. He also published three works of philosophy, defending Aristotle against the 'new philosophy' of Descartes and the Cartesians. This book offers a significant case study of the experience of Irish clerical and student migrants in early modern Europe.
Liam Chambers lectures in history at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. He is the author of Rebellion in Kildare, 1790-1803 (FCP, 1998).