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The Catholics : The Church and its People in Britain and Ireland, from the Reformation to the Present Day - Roy Hattersley

The Catholics

The Church and its People in Britain and Ireland, from the Reformation to the Present Day

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Published: 9th March 2017
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The story of Catholicism in Britain from the Reformation to the present day, from a master of popular history - 'a first-class storyteller' The Times

Throughout the three hundred years that followed the Act of Supremacy - which, by making Henry VIII head of the Church, confirmed in law the breach with Rome - English Catholics were prosecuted, persecuted and penalised for the public expression of their faith. Even after the passing of the emancipation acts Catholics were still the victims of institutionalised discrimination.

The first book to tell the story of the Catholics in Britain in a single volume, The Catholics includes much previously unpublished information. It focuses on the lives, and sometimes deaths, of individual Catholics - martyrs and apostates, priests and laymen, converts and recusants. It tells the story of the men and women who faced the dangers and difficulties of being what their enemies still call 'Papists'. It describes the laws which circumscribed their lives, the political tensions which influenced their position within an essentially Anglican nation and the changes in dogma and liturgy by which Rome increasingly alienated their Protestant neighbours – and sometime even tested the loyalty of faithful Catholics.

The survival of Catholicism in Britain is the triumph of more than simple faith. It is the victory of moral and spiritual unbending certainty. Catholicism survives because it does not compromise. It is a characteristic that excites admiration in even a hardened atheist.

About the Author

Roy Hattersley was elected to Parliament in 1964. He served in Harold Wilson’s government and in Jim Callaghan’s Cabinet. In 1983 he became deputy leader of the Labour Party. As well as contributing to a host of national newspapers, he has written twenty-five books, including The Edwardians; Borrowed Time: the Story of Britain between the Wars; In Search of England; acclaimed biographies of John Wesley and Lloyd George, and, most recently, The Devonshires. Roy Hattersley has been Visiting Fellow of Harvard’s Institute of Politics and of Nuffield College, Oxford. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

"[Roy Hattersley] is very good: Catholics is a great read and spectacularly well-researched.... British Politics, especially the shipwrecked Labour Party, could do with a generation of Hattersleys - tough, committed, smart and cultivated." -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times *
"[An] elegantly written, sweeping account of Catholics in these islands from the Reformation to the present day. It's a tale of high drama and high stakes, by turns horrifying, romantic and ultimately hopeful." -- Peter Stanford * Observer *
"big-hearted, fair-minded, insightful...a joy to read" -- Frank Cottrell-Boyce * New Statesman *
"Enjoyable... Perfectly solid, sensible and often astute." -- Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times *
"Hattersley narrates... with his characteristic energy... His talent for invective remains strong." -- Gerard Degroot * Times *
"Hattersley offers a scholarly chronicle of heroism and holiness in post-Reformation Britain, when the age of Catholic saints and miracles was seen to survive against the odds." -- Ian Thomson * Financial Times *
"Thoroughly entertaining... I heartily recommend this volume, which is written with great brio, intelligence and charm; and with a wistful distance from his subjects' faith which I found very appealing." -- A.N. Wilson * Catholic Herald *
"Hattersley... excels in describing political machinations... One must admire his courage, not to say his chutzpah, in undertaking a book of such enormous scope." -- Michael Walsh * Tablet *
"Thoughtful and thought provoking, minutely researched and well-written" * Choice *
"The author writes with authority... He engages with his material and shares his enthusiasm with the reader. But equally he is detached: he has no interest in covering up scandals or selling a party line. The engaged outsider becomes a compelling biographer, at once intrigued and underwhelmed by his subject-matter" -- Lavinia Byrne * Church Times *
"Sympathetic and lucid." * Daily Telegraph *

List of Illustrations
Introduction

Part One: The Making of a Minority
1. As Far as the Law of God Allows
2. The Cause Thereof
3. Forth, Pilgrims! Forth!
4. The Necessity of Doctrine
5. Sufficient Sacrifice
6. Come to Redeem His People
7. The Unquenchable Fyre
8. God Gave Us Elizabeth
9. Touching Our Society
10. More an Antique Roman?

Part Two: Love God, Honour the King
11. Defiled with Some Infirmities
12. Let Loose to Say Masses
13. Liberty to Tender Conscience
14. Disobecience, Schism and Rebellion
15. Fidelity and Intire Obedience

Part Three: A Prospect Tremendous
16. Think of Them with Kindness
17. A Species of Fanatical Phrenzy
18. A Set of Secular Gentlemen
19. The Most Jacobinical Thing
20. A Halo of Brightness
21. From the Flaminian Gate
22. Time is Short, Eternity is Long
23. The State of Things in Ireland
24. A Certain Cleavage
25. Put Him There, Put Him There
26. The Very Salt of Life

Part Four: The Church Knows All the Rules
27. That Flame Burns Again
28. Making Catholicism Count
29. The Needs of Our Age
30. Love is Love
31. Suffer Little Children
32. And You Made Me Welcome

Conclusion: A Matter of Conscience

Picture Section
Author's Notes
Notes on Sources
Acknowledgements
Select Bibliography
Index

ISBN: 9781784741587
ISBN-10: 1784741582
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 9th March 2017
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.2  x 4.6
Weight (kg): 0.88