The church and the Catholic community 1660–1714
in The later Stuart Church, 1660–1714
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This chapter suggests that the self-representation of English Catholics after 1660, together with many of the internal debates within the community, was shaped by patterns of correspondence or confrontation with the established church. Across the spectrum of English society, the Church of England was forced to confront an active community of Catholic dissenters, represented in disproportionate numbers among the gentry and aristocracy. The chapter looks at the practical relationship forged between recusants and Anglicans in the parishes. It focuses on the public exchanges between the two communities, reviewing the rhetorical stratagems called upon by Catholics variously to court or critique the church by law established, and charting the shifts and reverses within the Protestant response. The chapter argues that the clash between 1685 and 1688 arose from causes wider than simply the policies of James II.

Editor: Grant Tapsell


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