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England and the Catholic Reformation : the peripheries strike back.

Kelly, James E. (2020) 'England and the Catholic Reformation : the peripheries strike back.', Journal of early Modern Christianit., 7 (2). pp. 271-285.


Although the Protestant Reformation has traditionally been the focus of research on early modern England, the last two decades have witnessed a rapid increase in scholarship on the experience of the country’s Catholics. Questions surrounding the implementation of the Catholic Reformation in England have been central since the topic’s inception as a subject of academic interest, and the field has more recently captured the attention of, amongst others, literary scholars, musicologists and those working on visual and material culture. This article is a position paper that argues early modern English Catholicism, though not doing away with all continuities from before the country’s definitive break with Rome, was fully engaged with the global Catholic Reformation, both being influenced by it, but also impacting its progression. Whether through reading and writing, or more physical expressions of mission and reform, English Catholicism was a vital part of the wider Catholic Reformation.

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Date deposited:20 November 2020
Date of first online publication:12 November 2020
Date first made open access:12 November 2021

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