Church Papists Paperback

Catholicism, Conformity and Confessional Polemic in Early Modern England

by Alexandra Walsham;

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Church Papists

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'Church Papist' was a nickname, a term of abuse, for those English Catholics who outwardly conformed to the established Protestant Church and yet inwardly remained Roman Catholics. The more dramatic stance of recusancy has drawn historians' attention away from this sizeable, if statistically indefinable, proportion of Church of England congregations, but its existence and significance is here clearly revealed through contemporary records, challenging the sectarian model of post-Reformation Catholicism perpetuated by previous historians. Alexandra Walsham explores the aggressive reaction of counter-Reformation clergy to the compromising conduct of church papists and the threat they posed to Catholicism's separatist image; alongside this she explains why parish priests simultaneously condoned qualified conformity. This scholarly and original study thus draws into focus contemporary clerical apprehensions and anxieties, as well as the tensions caused by the shifting theological temper ofthe late Elizabethan and early Stuart church. ALEXANDRA WALSHAM is Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter.

Church Papists by Alexandra Walsham was published by Boydell& Brewer Ltd in October 1999 and is our 64371st best seller. The ISBN for Church Papists is 9780851157573.

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Details for Church Papists

Page last updated 23rd July 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBoydell& Brewer Ltd (October 1999)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages160
Thickness8 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1196797
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