Catholicism and Anti-Catholicism in Early Modern English by A. Marotti

By A. Marotti

Responding to fresh historic analyses of Post-Reformation English Catholicism, the essays during this assortment by way of either literary students and historians concentrate on polemical, devotional, political, and literary texts that dramatize the conflicts among context-sensitive Catholic and anti-Catholic discourses in early glossy England. They foreground a few significant literary authors and canonical texts, but additionally study non-canonical literature in addition to different writings that embrace ideological fantasies connecting the political and spiritual discourses of the time with their literary manifestations.

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This is the mythic Pope Joan, a favourite target of Protestant scurrility. See C. A. Patrides, '"A Palpable hieroglyphick": The Fable of Pope Joan', in Premises and Motifs in Renaissance Thought and Literature (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1982), 152-81. For a discussion of the political context of this play, see Thomas Middleton, A Game at Chesse, ed. R. C. Bald (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1929), 1-18 and passim; Marg;ot Heinemann, Puritanism and Theatre: Thomas Middleton and Opposition Drama under the Early Stuarts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980), 151-71, and Thomas Cogswell, 'Thomas Middleton and the Court, 1624: A Game at Chess in Context', HLQ 47 (1984): 273-88.

Refers to Catholic wives' being stronger than their husbands (L. Hicks, S. J. ], Letters and Memorials of Father Robert Persons, S. , vol. 1, Catholic Record Soc. 39 [London: John Whitehead & Sons, 1942], 62). Robert Southwell praised Catholic widows for their 'virile hearts' ('Letters', ed. McCoog, 4). 'Mary Claridge' [Katharine Longley], Margaret Clitherow (15567-1586) (New York: Fordham University Press, 1966), 139, points out that the only Catholic woman executed for her faith previously had been Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, who was killed in 1541.

And these things are done, not by day light, but when it is somewhat late in the evening, & after that they spend the whole night in gormandies, & dancing .... they have for these purposes, certain safe or seeled, or if you will, places under the ground, as they had, which in times past at Rome were consecrated to Venus, whose beastly prostituting of themselves, to the lust and wantonesse of the flesh was so great, that the Senate fearing the wrath of the Gods for it, did utterly overthrow that Stue or brothell house ....

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