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Henry Piers's Continental Travels, 1595–1598

Henry Piers's Continental Travels, 1595–1598


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  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108496773

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  • The text, published here for the first time, is a significant addition to Elizabethan travel writing and religious autobiography. It describes a journey in 1595 to Rome through the Low Countries, Germany, and Italy. The author describes life in Rome (he was based in the English College, 1595–97), including an encounter with the Inquisition, and an account of the ghetto; his work is unusual among contemporary memoirs because it includes a narration of his subsequent sojourn in Spain in 1598. The book affords a rare lay perspective on conversion to Catholicism and its value is heightened by the author's origins in Ireland and connections in England, thus illuminating a recusant community which straddled both realms. As an eye-witness, the author offers fresh and individual insights on the Elizabethan Catholic diaspora in Rome and Spain during the turbulent decade of the 1590s.

    • A significant addition to religious autobiography and Elizabethan travel writing
    • Includes an encounter with the Inquisition, and a rare lay perspective on conversion to Catholicism
    • Offers fresh and individual insights on the Elizabethan Catholic diaspora in Rome and Spain during the turbulent decade of the 1590s
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108496773
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 145 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    'A discourse of HP his travelles written by him selfe'

  • Editor

    Brian Mac Cuarta SJ, Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, Rome
    Brian Mac Cuarta SJ has served as director, Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, Rome, since 2010. An Irish Jesuit, he previously spent ten years in Northern Ireland. He has taught at Queen's University Belfast and was a visiting professor at St Joseph's University, Philadelphia. He has published on the Catholic community, and on recent settlers, in early modern Ireland, including Catholic Revival in the North of Ireland (2007), and, as editor, Ulster 1641: Aspects of the Rising (1993), and Reshaping Ireland 1550–1700: Colonization and its Consequences (2011).

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