Early Modern Catholicism: An Anthology of Primary Sources by Robert S. Miola

By Robert S. Miola

Early sleek Catholicism makes to be had in sleek spelling and punctuation titanic Catholic contributions to literature, background, political notion, devotion, and theology within the 16th and early 17th centuries. instead of perpetuate the standard stereotypes and incorrect information, it offers a clean examine Catholic writing lengthy suppressed, marginalized, and overlooked. The anthology supplies again voices to these silenced through prejudice, exile, persecution, or martyrdom whereas consciousness to genuine texts demanding situations traditional ideals in regards to the interval. The anthology is split into 8 sections entitled Controversies, Lives and Deaths, Poetry, directions and Devotions, Drama, Histories, Fiction, and files, and contains 16 black and white illustrations from quite a few Early glossy resources. among the decisions are texts which light up the position of girls in recusant group and within the Church; the wealthy traditions of prayer and mysticism; the theology and politics of martyrdom; the emergence of the Catholic Baroque in literature and paintings; and the polemical battles fought in the Church and opposed to its enemies. Early Modern Catholicism additionally offers a context that redefines the tested canons of Early smooth England, together with such figures as Edmund Spenser, John Donne, John Milton, William Shakespeare, and Ben Jonson.

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J. H. Pollen, 1908: 273, 278). 24 introduction Philip Howard likewise left inscriptions in the prison cell he occupied for nearly ten years, including these words of encouragement: ‘sicut peccati causa vinciri opprobrium est, ita e contra pro Cristo custodiae vincula sustinere maxima gloria est’ (Just as to be bound because of sin is a disgrace, so, in contrast, to suVer the chains of imprisonment for Christ is the greatest glory) (Philip Howard, ed. J. H. Pollen, W. MacMahon, 1919: 354). Many wrote poems and meditations.

In 1598 Cardinal Cajetan, cardinal-protector of England, named George Blackwell archpriest of England, head of the secular clergy, but instructed him to consult with the Jesuits on all important matters. Rejecting Blackwell as a Jesuit puppet, dissatisWed secular priests, the ‘Appellants’, protested the appointment in Rome; they were promptly imprisoned, and then forbidden to return to England. Such high-handed treatment incensed many who distrusted the Jesuits, and the ‘Appellant’ controversy, as it came to be known, generated a wave of Catholic loyalist, anti-Spanish, and anti-Jesuit writing by secular priests such as Thomas Bluet, Christopher Bagshaw, and William Watson.

Kenyon employs the similar heading, ‘The Catholic Problem’. Previous legislation ‘ought to have been suYcient to eliminate them’, Kenyon complains, calling the survival of Catholicism ‘exasperating and alarming’ and putting the ‘blame’ for it upon ‘strangely reluctant’ and ‘amateur’ local oYcials (1986: 166).

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