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By Victor Houliston

Among ecclesiastical historians, there was elevated curiosity in English Catholicism during the last two decades end result of the re-examination of non secular conflicts in early glossy England, specifically the position of the Jesuits. hypothesis approximately Shakespeare's Catholicism has concentrated the eye of literary students at the event of Elizabethan Catholics. This ebook bridges the distance among old and political stories of the occupation of the Jesuit Robert people at the one hand and literary reviews of Shakespeare and different authors, via focusing on people' contribution as a author to the polemical tradition of the past due 16th and early 17th centuries. delivering a research of the writing occupation of Robert folks, chief of the Elizabethan Jesuits, visible as an apostolate in addition to a polemical contestation, this ebook relates people' interventions in a variety of controversies throughout the interval 1580-1610 to the formative reasons of the "Christian listing" (1582), his recognized and phenomenally profitable paintings of devotion. This publication was once initially referred to as the "Book of Resolution", which additionally refers to folks' indefatigability as a author. The research makes an important contribution to our figuring out of the polemical context of post-Reformation Catholicism in England, and to the Jesuit thought of the 'apostolate of writing'.

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Mush, A Dialogue betwixt a Secular Priest, and a Lay Gentleman, pp. 54–5. 52 James, The Jesuites Downefall, pp. 57–8. 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.

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This was the thrust of the sustained attack mounted during the period 1600–1602 by the small but vociferous party of secular priests known as the appellants. From their perspective, most of Persons’s activities did damage to the Catholic cause. Living in security in Catholic strongholds abroad, he could afford to demand uncompromising resistance from English Catholics, insensitive to their predicament. And so the appellants prayed to be delivered from his machinations: a Machionationibus Edwards, Robert Persons, p.

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