Rehabilitating Robert Persons: Then and Now

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dc.identifier.citation Houliston V. (2021) Rehabilitating Robert Persons: Then and Now. In: Crankshaw D.J., Gross G.W.C. (eds) Reformation Reputations. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Robert Persons (1546–1610) is a radically ambivalent figure in English Reformation history. In the Jesuit tradition, he is honoured as superior of the first English mission, in which he succoured and defended the English Catholic community both by his publications and by his pastoral oversight. But he was virulently attacked in his own day by the Elizabethan authorities, by Protestant patriots and by secular Catholic priests engaged in the Archpriest Controversy. Later, Protestant historiography, particularly in the nineteenth century, perpetuated the ‘black legend’ of Jesuit cunning, equivocation and treachery, while anti-Jesuit Catholic historians argued that Persons’s political militancy was a betrayal of his priestly vocation. The development of early-modern Catholic studies as an independent field of research has allowed for a more balanced picture to emerge. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Springer en_ZA
dc.subject Archpriest Controversy en_ZA
dc.subject Venerable English College, Rome en_ZA
dc.subject Jesuit history en_ZA
dc.subject Recusancy en_ZA
dc.title Rehabilitating Robert Persons: Then and Now en_ZA
dc.type Book chapter en_ZA

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