history

From ‘Portrait of Queen Elisabeth I’ by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
At the juncture at which we leave Hilary Mantel’s tale as Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies conclude, there has been a rupture in the relationship between England and Rome. But this was by no means the end of the story. Daniel Kearney takes us forward to the reign of Elizabeth I and explores the how the early Jesuits tried to preserve Catholicism in Tudor England. The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God, it cannot be withstood.  So the faith was planted:...
I am the Province Archivist and thus I am responsible for caring for the archival documents as well as a collection of antiquarian books and some historical artefacts belonging to the Jesuits in Britain. As archivist, I ensure that archival records are collected, catalogued, preserved and where necessary I arrange for conservation work to be done to repair and restore items identified as needing this. In addition, I provide a professional service by responding to enquiries and by making...
The early mission to EnglandBetween Ignatius's begging mission to England in 1531, and the foundation of a mission in 1580, Jesuit contact with England was sporadic.  The second half of the 16th century was one of religious upheaval in England, since Henry VIII’s break with Rome in 1534. Elizabeth 1 (1558-1603) was determined to build a Protestant state, and, fearing influence or invasion by stronger Catholic European monarchies, effectively banned Catholic worship, and outlawed Catholic...

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