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By Alison Shell

The Catholic contribution to English literary tradition has been largely missed or misunderstood. This publication units out to rehabilitate quite a lot of Catholic inventive writing, whereas exposing the position of anti-Catholicism as an imaginitive stimulus to mainstream writers in Tudor and Stuart England. It discusses canonical figures similar to Sidney, Spenser, Webster and Middleton along many lesser-known writers. Alison Shell explores the Catholic rhetoric of loyalism and apostasy, and the stimulus given to the Catholic literary mind's eye through the persecution and exile such a lot of of those writers suffered.

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