By Geoffrey Scott,Peter Marshall

This quantity advances scholarly figuring out of English Catholicism within the early glossy interval via a chain of interlocking essays on unmarried relatives: the Throckmortons of Coughton court docket, Warwickshire, whose adventure over a number of centuries encapsulates key issues within the heritage of the Catholic gentry. regardless of their chronic adherence to Catholicism, in no experience did the Throckmortons inhabit a 'recusant bubble'. relations usually performed major roles at the nationwide political degree, from Sir George Throckmorton's resistance to the holiday with Rome within the 1530s, to Sir Robert George Throckmorton's election because the first English Catholic MP in 1831. Taking a long term procedure, the quantity charts the thoughts hired through numerous family members so they can stay politically energetic and socially influential inside of a solidly Protestant country. In so doing, it contributes to ongoing makes an attempt to combine the examine of Catholicism into the mainstream of English social and political background, transcending its conventional prestige as a 'special curiosity' class, distant from or subordinate to the valuable narratives of historic switch. will probably be rather welcomed via historians of the 16th via to the 19th century, who more and more recognize the significance of either Catholicism and anti-Catholicism as relevant subject matters in English cultural and political life.

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