William Blundell’s family and friends
in Reading and politics in early modern England
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This chapter considers William Blundell's activities in relation to his family and friends in connection with his claim of passive victimhood. It suggests that far from being a victim, Blundell created a series of defence mechanisms that protected him from the full force of the penal laws. He maintained kinship and social networks that provided him with both personal security and protection for his estate and he used the freedom that these strategies afforded him to protect other Catholics in his networks.

Reading and politics in early modern England

The mental world of a seventeenth-century Catholic gentleman


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