A Catholic approach to the world
in Reading and politics in early modern England
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This chapter examines how William Blundell's anxieties about aspects of Catholic belief and practice affected his practical engagement with the world. The analysis of the entries in his commonplace books regarding social order, the place of women and natural phenomena shows that Blundell was frequently torn between an approach to the world concomitant with his religious beliefs. This chapter concludes that the effect of this tension was that Blundell steered a distinctly idiosyncratic middle way through the two approaches.

Reading and politics in early modern England

The mental world of a seventeenth-century Catholic gentleman


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