English and Catholic: The Lords Baltimore in the Seventeenth Century

English and Catholic: The Lords Baltimore in the Seventeenth Century

by John D. Krugler
     
 

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In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, to be English and Catholic was to face persecution, financial penalties, and sometimes death. Yet some English Catholics prospered, reconciling their faith and loyalty to their country. Among the most prominent was George Calvert, an ambitious adventurer whose colonial enterprises eventually led to Maryland.

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In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, to be English and Catholic was to face persecution, financial penalties, and sometimes death. Yet some English Catholics prospered, reconciling their faith and loyalty to their country. Among the most prominent was George Calvert, an ambitious adventurer whose colonial enterprises eventually led to Maryland.

In founding Maryland, Calvert and his son Cecil envisioned a prosperous society based on peaceful coexistence between Catholics and Protestants. English and Catholic traces the development of their "Maryland Designe," the earliest attempt at religious freedom in America.

"A well-written contribution to the history of the Calverts and the founding of Maryland."— Choice

"A highly readable and engrossing story, and Krugler has vividly reconstructed and narrated it... An impressive achievement that sheds much light on the history of both colonial America and seventeenth-century England."— American Historical Review

"The whole narrative is adroitly woven around a central theme of opposing polarities of religion and politics, state and church, conformity and dissent."— Journal of American History

"This book has many virtues, not least as an account of the establishment of the only Catholic colony in colonial America, and the attempt to create a religiously pluralist society in an intolerant world."— English Historical Review

"This meticulously researched and well-crafted work will stand as the definitive study on the Lords Baltimore."— Catholic Historical Review

"A fine addition to the field... will be useful not only to students of early Maryland but those interested in court politics, English Catholicism, and the development of religious toleration."— William and Mary Quarterly

John D. Krugler is a professor of history at Marquette University.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

A well-written contribution to the history of the Calverts and the founding of Maryland.

William and Mary Quarterly
A fine addition to the field... will be useful not only to students of early Maryland but those interested in court politics, English Catholicism, and the development of religious toleration.

— Owen Stanwood

Catholic Historical Review
This meticulously researched and well-crafted work will stand as the definitive study on the Lords Baltimore.

— Tricia T. Pyne

Religious Studies Review
Krugler's scholarship goes far to correct sectarian assessments of Catholic proprietorships in colonial Newfoundland and Maryland... A well-told tale of Catholic English court politics, impressively researched and cogently argued.

— Mary Beth Lamb

Archivum Historicum S.I.
Anyone interested in the early history of Maryland should make certain to read Krugler's detailed examination of the first three Lords Baltimore and their radical experiment.

— Jennifer Bryan

Washington Times
As Krugler reflects the complexity of history and weighs the magnitude of the Calverts' brief triumph, he sets some records straight.

— Philip Kopper

Journal of American History
The whole narrative is adroitly woven around a central theme of opposing polarities of religion and politics, state and church, conformity and dissent.

— Michal J. Rozbicki

English Historical Review
This book has many virtues, not least as an account of the establishment of the only Catholic colony in colonial America, and the attempt to create a religiously pluralist society in an intolerant world.

— Keith Lindley

American Historical Review
This valuable book is a study of the first three Lords Baltimore and their role as proprietors of Maryland, the only successful overseas colony developed by English Catholics during the seventeenth century... A highly readable and engrossing story, and Krugler has vividly reconstructed and narrated it... An impressive achievement that sheds much light on the history of both colonial America and seventeenth-century England.

— David L. Smith

William and Mary Quarterly - Owen Stanwood

A fine addition to the field... will be useful not only to students of early Maryland but those interested in court politics, English Catholicism, and the development of religious toleration.

Catholic Historical Review - Tricia T. Pyne

This meticulously researched and well-crafted work will stand as the definitive study on the Lords Baltimore.

Religious Studies Review - Mary Beth Lamb

Krugler's scholarship goes far to correct sectarian assessments of Catholic proprietorships in colonial Newfoundland and Maryland... A well-told tale of Catholic English court politics, impressively researched and cogently argued.

Archivum Historicum S.I. - Jennifer Bryan

Anyone interested in the early history of Maryland should make certain to read Krugler's detailed examination of the first three Lords Baltimore and their radical experiment.

Washington Times - Philip Kopper

As Krugler reflects the complexity of history and weighs the magnitude of the Calverts' brief triumph, he sets some records straight.

Journal of American History - Michal J. Rozbicki

The whole narrative is adroitly woven around a central theme of opposing polarities of religion and politics, state and church, conformity and dissent.

English Historical Review - Keith Lindley

This book has many virtues, not least as an account of the establishment of the only Catholic colony in colonial America, and the attempt to create a religiously pluralist society in an intolerant world.

American Historical Review - David L. Smith

This valuable book is a study of the first three Lords Baltimore and their role as proprietors of Maryland, the only successful overseas colony developed by English Catholics during the seventeenth century... A highly readable and engrossing story, and Krugler has vividly reconstructed and narrated it... An impressive achievement that sheds much light on the history of both colonial America and seventeenth-century England.

H-Atlantic, H-Net Reviews - Jerome de Groot

This book nuances our understanding of the ways in which religious affiliation might affect elite families. It also complicates our understanding of early colonial politics and organization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421402000
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/29/2010
Series:
Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science , #122
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,303,220
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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