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By A. Marotti

Right here literary students and historians specialize in polemical, political and literary texts that dramatize the conflicts among Catholic and anti-Catholic discourses in early glossy England. we're invited to think again the ideological biases of an period during which English Protestant identification emerged within the context of competition to English and foreign Catholicism. the subjects lined contain the marginalization of recusant girls and Jesuits, using anti-Catholic rhetoric inside of Protestant sectarian clash, the gendering of non secular illustration, conversion and apostasy, and the distance among authentic anti-Catholic laws and social practices. Texts mentioned contain autobiography, dramas, the martyrdom account, prose satire, spiritual polemics, and philosophical and narrative verse. Writers tested comprise canonical authors reminiscent of John Donne, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Campion and John Milton, and less-known writers similar to Richard wood worker, John Mush, John stable and Elizabeth Cellier.

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In a subsequent work, Gee recounts several stories of women's being deceived by Jesuit-contrived 'apparitions': he describes a Jesuit attempt to proselytize a Protestant servant, Mary Boucher, by means of a faked Recusant Women and Jesuits 19 appearance of her dead godmother come from Purgatory to advise her to become a Catholic and a nun. 78 The 'second Comodie of a Female Apparition' is staged by the Jesuits Fisher and Wainman to convert Mrs Frances Peard, an orphan with £1,000; they succeed in getting control of her money (10-25).

Or Newes from Spayne (1620), A4V. See Aphorismes. Or, Certaine Selected Points of the Doctrine of the Jesuits, with a treatise concerning their secret practises and Close studies (1609), 15-16. Supposedly, the Gunpowder Treason was a Jesuit plot from the start, undertaken because the Jesuits could not get what they wanted from new new king: '... this treason may properly be called Jesuiticall, as pertaining to the Jesuites ... for they were the chiefe plotters and devisers thereof (Aphorismes, 23).

Paul L. Hughes and James F. , 3 vols. (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1964-69), 1: 227-8. , 2: 148-9). See Alexandra Walsham, Church Papists: Catholicism, Conformity and Confessional Polemic in Early Modern England (Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Royal Historical Society and The Boydell Press, 1993). The main laws were the 1559 Act of Uniformity (I Eliz. 2), which included a one shilling weekly fine for recusancy; the 1563 'act for the assurance of the Q u e e n s Majesty's royal power over all estates and subjects within her Highness's dominions' (5 Eliz.

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