A Jesuit Challenge: Edmond Campion's Debates at the Tower of by James V. Holleran

By James V. Holleran

Within the 12 months 1581, after 4 days of debating six best Anglican divines on the Tower of London, Jesuit Edmund Campion (1540-1581) used to be positioned to loss of life simply because he wouldn't deny his religion. In 1970, the martyred Campion used to be canonized a saint. A Jesuit problem is a book-length version of formerly unpublished Catholic manuscript debts of these debates.. As corrective ancient records, those Catholic manuscripts exhibit a particularly various photo of Campion and his rivals from that represented within the government's released model, and hence provide us a fuller and extra balanced knowing of what truly happened. as well as their historic price, the Catholic manuscripts additionally comprise full of life exchanges among Campion and his rivals, and supply humanizing information about them. As customized files they trap the dramatic style of a chain of lively debates facing the most important theological matters keeping apart Protestant England from Catholic Rome in Elizabeth's reign.. including a transcription of the Catholic manuscript debts, Holleran provides a basic historic creation to the debates, an in depth description of the manuscripts, short supplementary commentaries concerning the debates, and an entire set of explanatory notes.

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Fifth, read as historical drama, the debates are fascinating theater. They remind us of similar highly dramatic encounters in which celebrated non-conformists, such as Socrates and Thomas More, defended themselves and their unpopular opinions against their self-assured interrogators, who had already decided upon the outcome before hearing the testimony and weighing the evidence. When we come upon an intellectually gifted person who hazards his life by defending a worthy cause and by challenging the power of the establishment, we find ourselves dealing with some of the most basic and noble elements of human conduct.

Leys's Catholics in England, 1559-1829: A Social History (London: Longmans, 1961). It should also be noted, as Arnold Pritchard shows (Catholic Loyalism in Elizabethan England [Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979]), that various kinds of "Roman Catholic" beliefs were held by Catholics in England and by Englishmen on the Continent. Because of the differences among English Catholics, Pritchard argues, Catholicism in England survived. After Campion's time, serious disagreements developed between the regular and the secular clergy which led eventually to open dispute, especially at Wisbech Castle (see Bossy, English Catholic Community, pp.

22 Robert M. : Cornell University Press/Folger Shakespeare Library, 1965). See also Thomas H. , Papist Pamphleteers:, The Allen-Persons Party and the Political Thought of the Counter-Reformation in England, 1572-1615 (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1964). Whether or not the Catholics who were put to death during Elizabeth's reign were martyrs for their religion or traitors to their country is an issue beyond the scope of this study. Burghley and Allen show that both sides have strong arguments.

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