The flight of angels
England’s altered confidence
in Robert Southwell
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This chapter studies Southwell's transfer to England, revealing that Southwell's training gave him the ability to suit his imagery to the immediate situation. It explores Southwell's ‘Joseph's Amazement’, which contains no prayers or consolatory elements at the end. The chapter notes that ‘Joseph's Amazement’ features a masculine complaint of failed love, and serves as a reflection of the changed understanding of the problems the English Catholics faced during the 1580s. It also discusses Southwell's purposes for bringing Magdalen to England.

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