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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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William Blundell’s family and friends

William Blundell’s family and friends

(p.34) Chapter 1 William Blundell’s family and friends
Reading and Politics in Early Modern England

Geoff Baker

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers William Blundell's activities in relation to his family and friends in connection with his claim of passive victimhood. It suggests that far from being a victim, Blundell created a series of defence mechanisms that protected him from the full force of the penal laws. He maintained kinship and social networks that provided him with both personal security and protection for his estate and he used the freedom that these strategies afforded him to protect other Catholics in his networks.

Keywords:   William Blundell, passive victimhood, family, friends, defence mechanisms, penal laws, social networks, kinship

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