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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 and the wider world

William Blundell and the wider world

(p.76) Chapter 2 William Blundell and the wider world
Reading and Politics in Early Modern England

Geoff Baker

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines William Blundell's claims that he was a loyal subject in light of his activities related to the removal of the penal laws and the admission of Catholics into every area of English social life. It suggests that Blundell's claim of being a loyal subject represented loyalty to the monarchy and not the regime, which Blundell undermined. This chapter also argues that Blundell made a significant contribution to safeguarding the prospects of English Catholicism and his activities were a direct threat to the Protestant state.

Keywords:   William Blundell, loyal subject, penal laws, Catholics, English social life, English Catholicism, Protestant state

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