Contents: Preface; In the Lord's vineyard: Catholic Reformation in Protestant Britain. Part I Conscience and Conformity: Yielding to the extremity of the time: conformity and orthodoxy; England's Nicodemites: crypto-Catholicism and religious pluralism; Ordeals of conscience: casuistry and confessional identity. Part II Miracles and Missionaries: Miracles and the Counter-Reformation mission; Holywell and the Welsh Catholic revival; Catholic Reformation and the cult of angels. Part III Communication and Conversion: Dumb preachers: Catholicism and the culture of print; Unclasping the book? The Douai-Rheims Bible; This new army of Satan: the Jesuit mission and the formation of public opinion. Part IV Translation and Transmutation: Translating Trent? English Catholicism and the Counter Reformation; Beads, books and bare ruined choirs: transmutations of ritual life. Bibliography; Index.
Alexandra Walsham is Professor of Modern History at Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity College. She has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 1999 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009. She is co-editor, with Steve Smith, of the journal Past and Present, is Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the British Academy's Central Research Awards Committee and has served as a panel member and chair for Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including Church Papists (Royal Historical Society Studies in History, 1993), Providence in Early Modern England (OUP, 1999), Charitable Hatred (MUP, 2006) and The Reformation of the Landscape (OUP, 2011).
'Alexandra Walsham gave us a richly detailed and intelligently nuanced account of the ways in which the ruins, wells, hedgerows and improvised shrines of the British isles were used as sacred sites in the post-Reformation period. ...Walsham's characteristics as an historian include a mastery of a prodigious range of primary and secondary sources, the use of myriad examples and micro-narratives to qualify her and other historians' grand narratives, and a sympathetic but unsentimental engagement with the spiritual lives of early-modern Catholics. Rounded off with a 70-page bibliography, this magisterial book will be an invaluable resource for generations of scholars.' Seventeenth Century 'Every essay in this collection features text and language both scholarly and easy on the eye; each has a pleasing flow, which not only enhances the academic value of the work but also solidifies Walsham's reputation as a major voice in the revision of early modern British Catholic studies.' Renaissance & Reformation 'We should be grateful to Ashgate for publishing this collection of twelve of Alexandra Walsham's articles. ... Anyone interested in the history of Catholicism in England and Wales will find this an invaluable work.' Journal of Jesuit Studies 'This volume, then, the fruit of around two decades of research, has much to offer to both students of early modern English and Dutch Catholicism.' Jaap Geraerts, Trajecta