By A. Marotti
The following literary students and historians specialize in polemical, political and literary texts that dramatize the conflicts among Catholic and anti-Catholic discourses in early glossy England. we're invited to reconsider the ideological biases of an period during which English Protestant id emerged within the context of competition to English and foreign Catholicism. the themes coated contain the marginalization of recusant girls and Jesuits, using anti-Catholic rhetoric inside of Protestant sectarian clash, the gendering of non secular illustration, conversion and apostasy, and the distance among respectable anti-Catholic laws and social practices. Texts mentioned comprise autobiography, dramas, the martyrdom account, prose satire, non secular polemics, and philosophical and narrative verse. Writers tested contain canonical authors corresponding to John Donne, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Campion and John Milton, and less-known writers similar to Richard wood worker, John Mush, John reliable and Elizabeth Cellier.
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For this information and for a discussion of Anne of Denmark's Catholicism, see Albert J. Loomie, S. , 'King James I's Catholic Consort', HLQ 34 (1970-1): 303-16. Queen Anne was not the only woman close to throne about whom James had to worry. In 1602 James I expressed concern about the possibility that the Jesuits had converted Arabella Stuart, who was too close for comfort to the line of royal succession (Letters of King James VI & I, ed. G. P. V. Akrigg [Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1984], 191).
James, The Jesuits Downefall, 41. Copley, Another Letter, Gl v . Anti-Coton, or A Refutation of Cottons Letter Dedicatorie: lately directed to the Queene Regent, for the Apologizing of the Jesuits Doctrine, touching the killing of Kings (London, 1611), 66. John Gee, The Foot out of the Snare (1624), 61-2. Gee then describes how the Jesuits repeated this performance in other venues to deceive the gullible. New Shreds of the Old Snare (1624), 1-8. Further citations are in the text. Jesuit trickery in staged exorcisms are the especial target of Samuel Harsnett's A Declaration of Egregious Popish hripostures (1603).
In Ignatius His Conclave, Donne associated Jesuit anti-monarchical attitudes with Protestant democratic resistance theory: he has Ignatius in Hell mention Knox, Buchanan and Goodman favourably (77). It was argued in the Star Chamber trials of Presbyterians in 1591 that they and the Jesuits posed similar threats to the state. See John Guy, 'The Elizabethan Establishment and the Ecclesiastical Polity', in The Reign of Elizabeth 1: Court and Culture in the Last Decade (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 129.
Catholicism and Anti-Catholicism in Early Modern English Texts by A. Marotti