A Companion to Catholicism and Recusancy in Britain and Ireland

From Reformation to Emancipation


A Companion to Catholicism and Recusancy in Britain and Ireland is an edited collection of nineteen essays written by a range of experts and some newer scholars in the areas of early modern British and Irish history and religion. In addition to English Catholicism, developments in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, as well as ongoing connections and interactions with Continental Catholicism, are well incorporated throughout the volume. Many currents of the latest scholarship are addressed and advanced, including religious minorities and exiles, women and gender studies, literary and material culture, religious identity construction, and, within Catholic studies, the role of laity as well as clergy, and of female as well as male religious. In all, these essays significantly advance the movement of early modern British and Irish Catholicism from the historiographical margins to an evolving, but ultimately more capacious and accurate, historical mainstream.

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Robert E. Scully, S.J., S.T.L. (1996, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley), J.D. (1984, Seton Hall University) is Professor of History and Law at Le Moyne College. He has published widely in early modern British and Catholic history, including Into the Lion’s Den: The Jesuit Mission in Elizabethan England and Wales, 1580–1603 (2011).


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  Robert E. Scully, S.J.

1 Historical Overview, ca. 1530–1829
  William J. Sheils

Part 1
The Community and Its Place in the National and International Scene
2 The English Secular Clergy, 1559–1829
  Peter Phillips

3 The Jesuits and Other Male Religious Orders in Britain and Ireland
  Thomas M. McCoog, S.J.

4 Recusant Women Religious The Communities in a National and International Context
  Caroline Bowden

5 Catholic Laywomen Activist Piety, Agency, and Strategic Resistance
  Colleen M. Seguin

6 Catholic Nobility and Gentry from Reformation to Emancipation
  Susan M. Cogan

7 “When Time Should Serve” The Long Wait of Lay Catholic Exiles
  Anne R. Throckmorton

8 Becoming Irish Catholics Ireland, 1534–1690
  John McCafferty

9 Catholics in Scotland Overview and Literary Culture
  Jane Stevenson

10 Scottish Catholic Material Culture
  Peter Davidson and David W. Walker

11 Catholics in Wales
  Hannah Thomas

Part 2
Opposition: Within and Without
12 Domestic Disorder Debating Recusancy within the Catholic Community
  Robert E. Scully, S.J.

13 Anti-Catholicism Catholics, Protestants, and the “Popery” Problem
  Adam Morton

Part 3
Catholic/Recusant Culture
14 Martyrdom and the Catholic Community
  Anne Dillon

15 Recusant Literary Culture in England and Wales
  Victor Houliston

16 Political and Theological Culture Monarchies and Republics in Recusant Thought
  Gary W. Jenkins

17 English Catholic Material Culture, 1558–1688
  Janet Graffius

18 Underground Devotions The Day-to-Day Challenges of Practicing an Illegal Faith
  Lisa McClain

19 The Catholic Enlightenment in Britain and Ireland
  Jonathan Wright

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For upper division undergraduates and above interested in early modern Britain and Ireland, connections to the broader European Reformation(s), and developments in Catholic studies, including gender, laity, martyrdom, exiles, and material culture. Keywords: Anti-Catholicism, Catholic Enlightenment, England, exiles, gender, gentry, laity, literary/material culture, martyrdom, religious orders, Scotland, Wales.
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