Early Modern English Catholicism

Identity, Memory and Counter-Reformation


Early Modern English Catholicism: Identity, Memory and Counter-Reformation brings together leading scholars in the field to explore the interlocking relationship between the key themes of identity, memory and Counter-Reformation and to assess the way the three themes shaped English Catholicism in the early modern period. The collection takes a long-term view of the historical development of English Catholicism and encompasses the English Catholic diaspora to demonstrate the important advances that have been made in the study of English Catholicism c.1570–1800.

The interdisciplinary collection brings together scholars from history, literary, and art history backgrounds. Consisting of eleven essays and an afterword by the late John Bossy, the book underlines the significance of early modern English Catholicism as a contributor to national and European Counter-Reformation culture.

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James E. Kelly, Ph.D. (2009), King’s College London, is St Cuthbert’s Society Research Fellow in Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism at Durham University, as well as Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded research project, ‘Monks in Motion’.

Susan Royal, Ph.D. (2014), Durham University, is Lecturer in Reformation Studies at Durham University, and has published on Protestant polemic and John Foxe’s Acts and Monuments.

“A rewarding collection of essays.”
Peter Marshall, University of Warwick. In: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 70, No. 1 (January 2019), pp. 188-190.

“the collection reflects the growing prominence of early modern Catholic history in the British and European historiography and would be relevant to anyone interested in the social and cultural history of Catholicism.”
Eilish Gregory, University College London. In: The English Historical Review, Vol. 134, No. 566 (February 2019), pp. 206-208.

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors

James E. Kelly and Susan Royal

Part I: Identity

1. Situating Early Modern English Catholicism
Brad S. Gregory

2. Creating an English Catholic Identity: Relics, Martyrs and English Women Religious in Counter-Reformation Europe
James E. Kelly

3. A British Catholic Community? Ethnicity, Identity and Recusant Politics, 1660–1750
Gabriel Glickman

4. ‘Libera nos Domine?’ The Vicars Apostolic and the Suppressed/Restored English Province of the Society of Jesus
Thomas M. McCoog, SJ

Part II: Memory

5. ‘Attend to Me’: Julian of Norwich, Margaret Gascoigne and Textual Circulation among the Cambrai Benedictines
Jaime Goodrich

6. English Catholics and English Heretics: The Lollards and Anti-Heresy Writing in Early Modern England
Susan Royal

7. Joseph Reeve, SJ, the Park at Ugbrooke and the Cliffords of Chudleigh
Matthew J. Martin

Part III: Counter-Reformation

8. Underground Networks, Prisons and the Circulation of Counter-Reformation Books in Elizabethan England
Earle Havens and Elizabeth Patton

9. The Gospel, Liturgy and Controversy in the 1590s: Thomas Stapleton’s Promptuaria
William J. Sheils

10. Praying the Counter-Reformation
Eamon Duffy

11. John Austin’s Devotions: Voicing Lyric, Voicing Prayer
Susannah B. Monta

John Bossy

All interested in the history of early modern English Catholicism, the Counter-Reformation and the peripheries of Catholic Europe, particularly academic libraries, specialists, post-graduate students, undergraduate students, and educated laymen.
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