Fires of Faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor

Fires of Faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor

by Eamon Duffy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300152167

ISBN-13: 9780300152166

Pub. Date: 09/15/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

The reign of Mary Tudor has been remembered as an era of sterile repression, when a reactionary monarch launched a doomed attempt to reimpose Catholicism on an unwilling nation. Above all, the burning alive of more than 280 men and women for their religious beliefs seared the rule of “Bloody Mary” into the protestant imagination as an alien aberration

Overview

The reign of Mary Tudor has been remembered as an era of sterile repression, when a reactionary monarch launched a doomed attempt to reimpose Catholicism on an unwilling nation. Above all, the burning alive of more than 280 men and women for their religious beliefs seared the rule of “Bloody Mary” into the protestant imagination as an alien aberration in the onward and upward march of the English-speaking peoples.

In this controversial reassessment, the renowned reformation historian Eamon Duffy argues that Mary's regime was neither inept nor backward looking. Led by the queen's cousin, Cardinal Reginald Pole, Mary’s church dramatically reversed the religious revolution imposed under the child king Edward VI. Inspired by the values of the European Counter-Reformation, the cardinal and the queen reinstated the papacy and launched an effective propaganda campaign through pulpit and press.

Even the most notorious aspect of the regime, the burnings, proved devastatingly effective. Only the death of the childless queen and her cardinal on the same day in November 1558 brought the protestant Elizabeth to the throne, thereby changing the course of English history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300152166
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

List of Illustrations xii

Abbreviations xiii

1 Rolling Back the Revolution 1

2 Cardinal Pole 29

3 Contesting the Reformation: Plain and Godly Treatises 57

4 From Persuasion to Force 79

5 The Theatre of Justice 102

6 The Hunters and the Hunted 128

7 The Battle for Hearts and Minds 155

8 The Defence of the Burnings and the Problem of Martyrdom 171

9 The Legacy: Inventing the Counter-Reformation 188

Notes 209

Select Bibliography 231

Index 239

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