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James Pereiro

Henry Edward Manning (1808–92) was involved in some of the most pressing social issues of his time, from the defence of workers and trade unionism to finding a solution for the dock strike and the education of the poor. English Catholic social conscience, as a whole and with some singular exceptions, was somewhat slow in following the leadership of the cardinal in some of these matters. This article studies a barely known aspect of Manning’s social activity: his involvement in the British response to the Russian pogroms of 1881–82 and in other contemporary Jewish issues.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
England’s altered confidence
Anne Sweeney

bereaved Catholics of what St Bernard called the ‘martyrdom of the heart’, harder to bear even than bodily martyrdom. 5 If this is also an account of the mood of English Catholics such as Byrd, as Southwell found them, they are an unhappy company indeed; the music of such men was indeed full of complaint and sadness: perfectly natural in the circumstances, Southwell suggests. The

in Robert Southwell

Ralph Knevet's Supplement of the Faery Queene (1635) is a narrative and allegorical work, which weaves together a complex collection of tales and episodes, featuring knights, ladies, sorcerers, monsters, vertiginous fortresses and deadly battles – a chivalric romp in Spenser's cod medieval style. The poem shadows recent English history, and the major military and political events of the Thirty Years War. But the Supplement is also an ambitiously intertextual poem, weaving together materials from mythic, literary, historical, scientific, theological, and many other kinds of written sources. Its encyclopaedic ambitions combine with Knevet's historical focus to produce an allegorical epic poem of considerable interest and power.

This new edition of Knevet's Supplement, the first scholarly text of the poem ever published, situates it in its literary, historical, biographical, and intellectual contexts. An extensive introduction and copious critical commentary, positioned at the back of the book, will enable students and scholars alike to access Knevet's complicated and enigmatic meanings, structures, and allusions.

Anne Sweeney

Verstegan in Antwerp, detailing the increased torturing of Catholic prisoners to raise awareness abroad of the desperate need of the English Catholics. 4 He had used almost the same words to engage the heart of Britannia as to raise anger against her in the hearts of her enemies abroad. In the private as in the public sphere, Southwell seemed to be struggling against the current. He had arrived in England

in Robert Southwell
Into England
Anne Sweeney

; but who was Weston’s superior, and what was his agenda? This was becoming a confused picture. Cardinal Allen, the only senior Englishman in episcopal orders now able to speak for the English Catholics in Rome, was given faculties as ‘Prefect of the English Mission’, in 1581. Although subject to the Cardinal Protector in Rome, he was effectively the ecclesiastical superior until his death in 1594

in Robert Southwell
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The thought of the outside in Shakespeare’s histories
Richard Wilson

of Anne, chimes with the attitude of Catholic exiles on hearing that ‘England expects a new Queen and another Cecil’. 27 The ‘Lady’ wooed by ‘the Toad’ was Arbella Stuart, neice of Mary Queen of Scots and the next-best hope of English Catholics after Ferdinando. ‘Sir R. Cecil intends to be King by marrying Arabella and now lacks only the name

in Shakespeare’s histories and counter-histories
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Ben Jonson’s admiration for Southwell’s ‘burning Babe’
Anne Sweeney

Pope had declared Elizabeth excommunicate six years earlier, and given English Catholics permission to consider her overthrow. 13 It therefore might be expected that those hoping for preferment at Court would be more than usually anxious to dissemble any family Catholicism. Despite this, and despite even the fact that his father was at that moment in Marshalsea prison accused of speaking against the

in Robert Southwell
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The discernment of angels
Anne Sweeney

in the Catholic enterprise of England. Sent down the hill to teach in the English College, he arrived just before the celebrated English mission of Robert Persons and Edmund Campion collapsed, as new cracks were appearing in the increasingly frail English Catholic ship. The energetic and strategically minded Persons had clashed with a Jesuit co-missioner, Jasper Heywood, an Oxford

in Robert Southwell
Clarendon, Cressy and Hobbes, and the past, present and future of the Church of England
Paul Seaward

, and (indirectly at least) with 216 217 Clarendon, Cressy and Hobbes the papacy in 1658/​59 involved a cautious commitment to remove the persecution of Catholics.59 Although (given their lack of success) they created no obligation to act after the Restoration, Charles II’s wish to assist English Catholics resulted in a series of discussions in 1660 and 1661, which broke down for reasons that are still obscure. In Religion and Policy Clarendon explained that the Jesuits had prevented the Catholic community from agreeing to reject the authority of the Pope in

in From Republic to Restoration
Frank Ardolino

from England by Leicester. The work consists of a dialogue among a gentleman, a lawyer and a scholar who, by recounting the many crimes of Leicester, make Mary Queen of Scots and the English Catholics appear as the innocent victims of his infamy. Leicester’s Commonwealth was translated into French and Italian in 1585, and it quickly became the definitive source for writers eager to defame Leicester

in Doing Kyd