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Catholicism and Community in Early Modern England

Catholicism and Community in Early Modern England
Politics, Aristocratic Patronage and Religion, c.1550–1640

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History

  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521860086

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  • This is a study of the political, religious, social and mental worlds of the Catholic aristocracy from 1550 to 1640. Michael Questier examines the familial and patronage networks of the English Catholic community and their relationship to the later Tudors and Stuarts. He shows how the local history of the Reformation can be used to rewrite mainstream accounts of national politics and religious conflict in this period. The book takes in the various crises of mid- and late Elizabeth politics, the accession of James VI, the Gunpowder Plot, religious toleration and the start of the Thirty Years War and finally the rise of Laudianism, leading up to the civil war. It challenges recent historical notions of Catholicism as fundamentally sectarian and demonstrates the extent to which sections of the Catholic community had come to an understanding with both the local and national State by the later 1620s and 1630s.

    • Major contribution to the history of post-Reformation Catholicism
    • Sheds light on Elizabethan politics, the accession of James VI, the Gunpowder Plot, religious toleration and the start of the Thirty Years War, the rise of Laudianism and the origins of the Civil War
    • Will appeal to scholars of early modern British history, religious history and social history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In persuasively asserting a place for 'Catholic history' in the central narrative of psot-Reformation politics, Questier has done scholarship a major service." - Peter Marshall, University of Warwick, The Catholic Historical Review

    "In Catholicism and the Community, Michael Questier re-examines post-Reformation Catholicism through the lens of two coexistent communities: one, the wider 'Catholic community' in England; the other, an aristocratic entourage." -Rosamund Oates, H-Albion

    "...dense in detail with veritable thickets of footnotes, enlivened by a vigorous style and by a fair-minded consideration of the views of other historians. It makes a convincing case for the argument that to be illuminating, the story must include both the internal relations of the community and its relations with the regime." --Paul S. Weaver, Stanford University: Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521860086
    • length: 588 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 164 x 39 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The local setting
    3. The emergence of a catholic dynasty: the Brownes of Cowdray
    4. The Brownes, catholicism and politics until the Ridolfi Plot
    5. The Brownes, catholicism and politics from the 1570s until the early 1590s
    6. The entourage of the first Viscount Montague
    7. The household at Battle Abbey and the Lady Magdalen's entourage
    8. The 1590s to the Gunpowder Plot
    9. Catholic politics and clerical culture after the accession of James Stuart
    10. The household and circle of the Second Viscount Montague. 11. 'Grand Captain' or 'Little Lord': the second Viscount Montague as Catholic leader
    12. The later Jacobean and early Caroline period
    13. The second Viscount Montague, his entourage and the approbation controversy
    14. Catholicism, clientage networks and the debates of the 1630s
    15. Epilogue: the Civil War and after.

  • Author

    Michael C. Questier, Queen Mary University of London
    Michael C. Questier is Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous publications include Conversion, Politics and Religion in England 1580–1625 (1996).

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