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The Catholic Laity in Elizabethan England, 1558-1603

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ISBN 9780674434042

Publication Date: 01/01/1964

290 pages

Belknap Press


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The English Catholic experience under Elizabeth I is first presented here as comprehensively as the Puritan record. Utilizing the principal archival sources in England, William Trimble shows that Elizabethan policy toward the Catholics consisted chiefly of mild pressures not consistently enforced. There was no sizable English Catholic bloc; such economic data as tax records indicate that most English Catholics were neither wealthy nor members of great families. From their semi-quiescence in 1558–73 through a brief religious renaissance (1574–83) and a subsequent decline (1584–1603), the author presents an objective nonpartisan picture of the Elizabethan Catholics.

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