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Resistance and Compromise
The Political Thought of the Elizabethan Catholics

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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521109536

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  • The plight of Catholics in Elizabethan England has long attracted the interest of historians and it has long been appreciated that the key to understanding their position lies partly in the voluminous polemical literature which they published. Nearly three hundred tracts were printed in English and Latin and more circulated in manuscript. The purpose of this book is to use such material as a source for understanding the political ideas of this religious minority in the age of the Wars of Religion. Dr Holmes concentrates on the two principal dilemmas which faced Catholics: whether they should remain loyal to the Queen or might resist her government and how far, if loyal, they might accommodate themselves to the religious laws she imposed on all Englishmen. He sees the Catholic response to both these problems as being in essence an interplay between the desire to resist and the need to find compromise or some means of peaceful accommodation with the political and religious status quo.

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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521109536
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    Part I. Political Non-resistance:
    1. Half-hearted non-resistance: the Louvainists 1558–68
    2. Resistance and the return to non-resistance 1569–79
    3. Enthusiastic non-resistance 1580–83
    4. Persecution and non-resistance
    5. The background to non-resistance
    Part II. Religious Resistance:
    6. Recusancy
    7. Opponents of recusancy
    8. Casuistry and recusancy
    9. Casuistry and the resistance of the laity
    10. Casuistry and the resistance of the clergy
    Part III. Political Resistance:
    11. The development and exposition of ideas of resistance 1584–96
    12. The Catholic critique of Elizabethan England
    13. Resistance theory
    14. The end of resistance: Persons' 'Memorial of the Reformation of England'
    Part IV. Non-resistance Again:
    15. Opposition to the ideas of resistance 1584–96
    16. The laity
    17. The Appellants
    18. Robert Persons and non-resistance 1596–1603
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Peter Holmes

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