Catholic Resistance in Elizabethan England by Victor Houliston

By Victor Houliston

Among ecclesiastical historians, there was elevated curiosity in English Catholicism over the last 20 years because of the second look of non secular conflicts in early sleek England, specially the position of the Jesuits. hypothesis approximately Shakespeare's Catholicism has concentrated the eye of literary students at the adventure of Elizabethan Catholics. This ebook bridges the space among old and political stories of the occupation of the Jesuit Robert individuals at the one hand and literary experiences of Shakespeare and different authors, through targeting people' contribution as a author to the polemical tradition of the overdue 16th and early 17th centuries. delivering a research of the writing profession of Robert folks, chief of the Elizabethan Jesuits, obvious as an apostolate in addition to a polemical contestation, this ebook relates folks' interventions in a variety of controversies in the course of the interval 1580-1610 to the formative reasons of the "Christian listing" (1582), his well-known and phenomenally winning paintings of devotion. This e-book used to be initially referred to as the "Book of Resolution", which additionally refers to folks' indefatigability as a author. The learn makes an important contribution to our realizing of the polemical context of post-Reformation Catholicism in England, and to the Jesuit thought of the 'apostolate of writing'

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53 ‘Personius ille erat Somersettensis, vehemens, ferox natura, & moribus incultioribus. Campianus Londinensis, vir suauis & politissimus’, William Camden, Annales rerum Anglicanum, et Hibernicarum regnante Elizabetha, ad annum salutis MDLXXXIX (Frankfurt, 1616), p. ), The Jesuit’s Memorial, for the Intended Reformation of England Under their First Popish Prince (London, 1690), p. xii. In the same passage Camden describes Persons as ‘seditioso & turbulento ingenio, audacia armatus’. On the Persons/Campion contrast, see Bossy, ‘The Heart of Robert Persons’, pp.

For some no doubt will startle that he should be touched, what? Dare any presume to call him in question? Will you intermeddle with his actions? They are not to be sifted or canuased or discountenanced by any secular Priests whosoeuer, his holiness excepted. Beware what you doe: it is sure a note of an euill spirit: we pray God those men be found that dare take this course. 61 The final twist accentuates the sense of Persons as un-English. However jealous and peevish Bagshaw might be, he caught the mood of suspicion.

67 On the Catholic side, the adulation of Campion has kept Persons in the shade. 68 Persons may not have been as polished a writer as Campion, but his writing career was by any standards much more significant. Even Catholic historians have kept their distance. A. G. Law, who wrote the entry for ‘Parsons’ in the late-nineteenth-century Dictionary of National Biography, cast him as the villain of the conflicts among Elizabethan Catholics, concluding: ‘He was impetuous and self-willed, and moreover 65 Robert Tynley, Two Learned Sermons.

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