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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Amongst ecclesiastical historians, there has been increased interest in English Catholicism over the past twenty years as a result of the re-evaluation of religious conflicts in early modern England, especially the role of the Jesuits. Speculation about Shakespeare's Catholicism has focused the attention of literary scholars on the experience of Elizabethan Catholics. This book bridges the gap between historical and political studies of the career of the Jesuit Robert Persons on the one hand and literary studies of Shakespeare and other authors, by concentrating on Persons' contribution as a writer to the polemical culture of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Offering a study of the writing career of Robert Persons, leader of the Elizabethan Jesuits, seen as an apostolate as well as a polemical contestation, this book relates Persons' interventions in various controversies during the period 1580-1610 to the formative purposes of the Christian Directory (1582), his famous and phenomenally successful work of devotion. This book was originally known as the Book of Resolution, which also refers to Persons' indefatigability as a writer. The study makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the polemical context of post-Reformation Catholicism in England, and to 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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