During his lifetime, the Jesuit priest Robert folks (1546–1610) used to be arguably the prime determine scuffling with for the re-establishment of Catholicism in England. while his colleague Edmund Campion could now be greater identified it was once Persons's tireless efforts that stored the Jesuit venture alive throughout the tough days of Elizabeth's reign. during this new research, Person's existence and extraordinary literary output are analysed and positioned into the wider context of contemporary Catholic scholarship. The ebook bridges the space among ancient stories, at the one hand, and literary reviews at the different, through targeting Persons's contribution as a author to the polemical tradition of the past due 16th and early 17th centuries.
As good as discussing his wider achievements as chief of the English Jesuits – founding 3 seminaries for English monks, corresponding frequently with Catholic activists in England, writing over thirty books, maintaining the submit of rector of the English university in Rome, and being a depended on advisor to the papacy on English affairs – this learn seems intimately at what's arguably his maximum legacy, the 1st Booke of the Christian workout (more generally called the booklet of Resolution). That booklet, first released in 1582, used to be to turn out the cornerstone of Persons's missionary attempt, and a favored paintings of Catholic devotion, operating to a number of variations over the arrival years.
Although people was once eventually unsuccessful in his ambition to come back England to the Catholic fold, the tale of his existence and works finds a lot in regards to the ecclesiastical fight that gripped early glossy Europe. through delivering a radical and up to date reassessment of individuals this examine not just makes an important contribution to our realizing of the polemical context of post-Reformation Catholicism, but additionally of the Jesuit idea of the 'apostolate of writing'.
This publication is released along side the Jesuit historic Institute sequence 'Bibliotheca Instituti Historici Societatis Iesu'.