The distinguished historian Professor John Bossy FBA died in York on 23 October 2015. The next issue of British Catholic History, to be published in May 2016, will carry a tribute to this brilliant and inspirational scholar. His first book, The English Catholic Community, 1570-1850, published in 1975, truly deserves to be called ‘seminal’. It transformed the field of Catholic studies and continues to shape the discussion. His research on the links between Elizabethan Catholics and France, some of which he published in Recusant History, together with his generous support of scholars working in this field has vastly increased our knowledge and understanding of the complex religious and diplomatic politics of the period. Professor Bossy published many articles in Recusant History and when the journal was renamed British Catholic History he agreed to write the opening essay for the first issue published under its new title. The articles listed here from our own archive of publications bear witness to his own outstanding scholarship and his continuing influence.