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Reading and Politics in Early Modern EnglandThe Mental World of a Seventeenth-century Catholic Gentleman$
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Geoff Baker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719080241

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719080241.001.0001

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Reading the confessional divide

Reading the confessional divide

(p.136) Chapter 4 Reading the confessional divide
Reading and Politics in Early Modern England

Geoff Baker

Manchester University Press

This chapter analyses William Blundell's entries on devotional writing and religious histories in his commonplace books. It considers how Blundell used his reading to bolster his own religious beliefs and discusses religious beliefs based on his engagement with the Bible and other devotional works. The analysis of his commonplace books indicates that certain aspects of Catholicism caused him problems, particularly the details of saints' lives. This chapter also describes how Blundell read and rewrote Catholic and Protestant history to add credibility to the former.

Keywords:   William Blundell, devotional writing, religious histories, common place books, Bible, devotional works, Catholicism, saints' lives, Protestant history

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