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This collection of 11 scholarly papers by international historians and literary scholars describes the experiences of English Catholics in post-Reformation England. The papers, selected and edited by English professors Corthell (Kent State Univ.), Frances E. Dolan (Univ. of California at Davis), Christopher Highley (Ohio State Univ.), and Arthur F. Marotti (Wayne State Univ.), were first presented at a conference hosted by the Newberry Library of Chicago in October 2002. The qualified editors interweave a coherent introduction to English Catholicism in the 16th and 17th centuries, while the contributors sensitively and honestly reconsider this complex period of world history. Great emphasis is given to the role of women in preserving a Catholic identity in the home and in the larger community, often in a hostile environment. Each approximately 25-page chapter is extensively documented with footnotes for added credibility. Scholarly material examining this specific era has been woefully deficient in the academy, something this work seeks to rectify. Destined to be a fundamental resource on the issue, it is recommended for academic libraries.