Elizabethan Catholicism: Questions of Perspective

R.E. Foster emphasises the threat to Elizabeth’s regime.

Marie Rowlands’ article (History Review December 2007) serves as a useful introduction to Elizabethan Catholicism. Seen largely from the perspective of the Catholics themselves, it offers a sympathetic assessment of the struggle to keep the Old Faith alive in the apparently unequal struggle against an overbearing state. In arguing this, its thrust is essentially traditional: the Mission’s attempt to reconvert England was doomed to failure (since as Sellar and Yeatman memorably put it in 1066 And All That, ‘England is bound to be C of E’).

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