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

By James V. Holleran

Within the yr 1581, after 4 days of debating six best Anglican divines on the Tower of London, Jesuit Edmund Campion (1540-1581) was once positioned to demise simply because he wouldn't deny his religion. In 1970, the martyred Campion was once canonized a saint. A Jesuit problem is a book-length variation of formerly unpublished Catholic manuscript debts of these debates.. As corrective ancient records, those Catholic manuscripts exhibit a rather assorted photo of Campion and his competitors from that represented within the government's released model, and therefore provide us a fuller and extra balanced realizing of what really came about. as well as their historic worth, the Catholic manuscripts additionally comprise vigorous exchanges among Campion and his competitors, and supply humanizing information about them. As customized records they catch the dramatic style of a sequence of lively debates facing the most important theological matters setting apart Protestant England from Catholic Rome in Elizabeth's reign.. including a transcription of the Catholic manuscript bills, Holleran offers a basic historic advent to the debates, an in depth description of the manuscripts, short supplementary commentaries in regards to the debates, and a whole set of explanatory notes.

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Nowe perused by the learned men themselves, and thought meete to be published. ]. [STC 18744]. Future references to this work will be cited as A true report. Also, for insightful commentary on A true report, see Peter Milward, Religious Controversies of the Elizabethan Age: A Survey of Printed Sources (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 1977), p. 60. Future references to this valuable study will be cited as Milward, Religious Controversies of the Elizabethan Age. Page xii were officially reported one way.

Eventually, however, because he was unwilling to preach at St. Paul's Cross and because religious conformity at Oxford was being more rigorously enforced, he felt obliged to leave St. 36 Campion's flight to Ireland rather than to the Continent, where most Catholic exiles went, suggests that he had not yet formally returned to the Catholic Church. 37 33 Charles Plummer's Elizabethan Oxford (Oxford, 1887) contains a collection of rare texts, including a brief description of college rules and educational practices by Nicholas Fitzherbert (pp.

Doubleday, 1978). 14 Although most historical accounts about religion in sixteenth-century England have their doctrinal biases and must be read with caution, a few studies deserve (footnote continued on next page) Page 8 While the majority of her subjects, having already shifted three times from one religion to another, appear to have been relatively indifferent about the particular kind of Christianity they practiced, there were at one end of the religious spectrum large numbers of fiercely loyal Roman Catholics and at the other end a growing number of equally zealous Puritans.

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