Catholic Gentry in English Society: The Throckmortons of Coughton from Reformation to Emancipation
Peter Marshall, Geoffrey Scott (OSB.)
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - History - 282 pages
This volume advances scholarly understanding of English Catholicism in the early modern period through a series of essays addressing aspects of the history of the Throckmorton family. Despite their persistent adherence to Catholicism over several centuries, leading members of the family continued to be involved in politics on the national stage in the face of overt Protestant hostility. Leading historians of Catholic England investigate the strategies the Throckmortons employed in this difficult balancing act, and reflect on what this tells us, about both English Catholicism and wider English society. In so doing the volume contributes to recent efforts to integrate the study of Catholicism into the mainstream of English social and political history, transcending its traditional status as a 'special interest' category, remote from or subordinate to the central narratives of historical change.
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It is an informative book and I learned quite a deal, but one major issue was the connection to Queen Katherine Parr. Katherine Vaux, Lady Throckmorton was the uterine sister of Sir Thomas Parr and thus aunt to the queen. With that mistake I started to question other parts of the book, i.e. dates for family's births and deaths.