This book explores the role of children and young people within early modern England's Catholic minority. It examines Catholic attempts to capture the next generation, Protestant reactions to these initiatives, and the social, legal and political contexts in which young people formed, maintained and attempted to explain their religious identity.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction PART I: MAKING CATHOLICS Introduction to Part I 1. Call Yourself a Catholic? Methods of Forming Identity 2. Calling their Souls their own: Converting and Claiming 3. Children, Catechesis and Religious Practice PART II: THE PROTESTANT STATE AND CATHOLIC CHILDREN Introduction to Part II 4. The Court of Wards 5. Notable Stratagems: Control of Catholic Children outside the Court of Wards PART III: YOUTH AND CATHOLICISM Introduction to Part III 6. Speaking to the Young 7. Encountering and Participating 8. Authority and Agency 9. Writing Catholic Childhood Coda: A Catholic Household in the 1660s Conclusion Appendix A: The Responsa Scholarum and the Liber Primi Examinis