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Reading and Politics in Early Modern England: The Mental World of a Seventeenth-century Catholic Gentleman

Geoff Baker


This book examines the activities of William Blundell, a seventeenth-century Catholic gentleman, and using the approaches of the history of reading provides a detailed analysis of his mindset. Blundell was neither the passive victim nor the entirely loyal subject that he and others have claimed. He actively defended his family from the penal laws and used the relative freedom that this gave him to patronise other Catholics. In his locality, Blundell ensured that the township of Little Crosby was populated almost entirely by his co-religionists, on a national level he constructed and circulated ... More

Keywords: William Blundell, history of reading, penal laws, Catholicism, Little Crosby, Poor Clares, Rouen, civil conflicts, Protestants, rebellion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719080241
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719080241.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoff Baker, author