Catholic Resistance in Elizabethan England: Robert Persons's Jesuit Polemic, 1580-1610

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2007 - History - 212 pages
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During his lifetime, the Jesuit priest Robert Persons (1546-1610) was arguably the leading figure fighting for the re-establishment of Catholicism in England. Whilst his colleague Edmund Campion may now be better known it was Persons's tireless efforts that kept the Jesuit mission alive during the difficult days of Elizabeth's reign. In this new study, Persons's life and phenomenal literary output are analysed and put into the broader context of recent Catholic scholarship. The book bridges the gap between historical studies, on the one hand, and literary studies on the other, by concentrating on Persons's contribution as a writer to the polemical culture of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
As well as discussing his wider achievements as leader of the English Jesuits - founding three seminaries for English priests, corresponding regularly with Catholic activists in England, writing over thirty books, holding the post of rector of the English College in Rome, and being a trusted consultant to the papacy on English affairs - this study looks in detail at what is arguably his greatest legacy, The First Booke of the Christian Exercise (more commonly known as the Book of Resolution). That book, first published in 1582, was to prove the cornerstone of Persons's missionary effort, and a popular work of Catholic devotion, running to several editions over the coming years.
Although Persons was ultimately unsuccessful in his ambition to return England to the Catholic fold, the story of his life and works reveals much about the ecclesiastical struggle that gripped early modern Europe. By providing a thorough and up-to-date reassessment of Persons this study not only makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the polemical context of post Reformation Catholicism, but also of the Jesuit notion of the 'apostolate of writing'.
  

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Contents

Writing The Christian Directory
23
Satirizing Burghley
47
Personss Political Vision
71
Combating Foxe and Coke
93
Appellant Abuse
117
Liberty of Conscience
135
Mastering the Polemical Scene
161
A Chronology of Personss Printed Works 15801622
183
Index
209
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Page 197 - The History of Henrie the Fourth ; with the battell at Shrewsburie, betweene the King and Lord Henry Percy, surnamed Henrie Hotspur of the North. With the humorous conceits of Sir lohn Falstaffe. At London. Printed by PS for Andrew Wise, dwelling in Paules Churchyard, at the signe of the Angell. 1598.
Page 190 - TRIPLICI NODO, triplex cuneus. Or an Apologie for the Oath of Allegiance, against the two Breves of Pope Paulus Quintus, and the late Letter of Cardinal Bellarmine to G. Blackwell the Arch-priest.

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Victor Houliston is Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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