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  • ISSN: 0960-1163 (Print), 1478-5110 (Online)
  • Editors: Professor Andrew Spicer Oxford Brookes University, UK and Professor Richard Toye University of Exeter, UK
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VOLUME 54. HENRY PIERS'S CONTINENTAL TRAVELS, 1595–1598

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 (1595-7) which included an encounter with the Inquisition; his work is unusual among contemporary memoirs by also including an account of his subsequent sojourn in Spain in 1598. Affording a rare lay perspective on conversion to Catholicism, 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.


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