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This is a Special Order book which has to be individually ordered from the Institute of Jesuit Sources in St Louis, USA. It may take up to a month to arrive. If you are shopping from the US it may be quicker and cheaper to order directly from the IJS (http://www.jesuitsources.com/)

Francis Edwards SJ, Robert Persons: The Biography of an Elizabethan Jesuit

Historically, Robert Persons was the most significant Jesuit on the English scene from 1580 until his death in 1610. His life spanned the years which determined the future of England as a Protestant country with a persistent Catholic minority. Since Parliament in 1559 had defined Catholicism as treason, Persons, as a most active protagonist of his faith, inevitably supplied historians with someone to fill the role of archtraitor, most especially since he espoused the help of Spain for survival. The truth is never simple, and this scholarly, carefully researched biography attempts both to portray Persons in depth and to unravel some of the religious complications of the time. Persons’s work in founding or strengthening English colleges abroad ensured a continuing Catholic priesthood throughout the persecutions until emancipation. His life touched all the religio political controversies of the time. Written in clear (if trenchant) English, his books deserve attention by any serious historian of the period. His Christian Directory became a handbook of spirituality not only for Catholics but also—perhaps surprisingly—for Protestants as well.

Father Francis Edwards SJ, entered the Society of Jesus in 1947, studied philosophy at Heythrop College, education at London University, and theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. He has served as archivist and historian of the English Province of the Jesuits, and also as director of the Roman Archives of his order. He is an elected member of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Historical Society, and the London Athenaeum. He is the author of numerous articles in learned journals and of six books on Elizabethan and Jacobean history.

hardback 411pp.

paperback 411pp.

Price: £25.50 paperback; £32.50 hardback

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ISBN (paperback): 978 1 880810 10 1
ISBN (hardback): (10-digit) 1 880810 11 5

Publisher: Institute of Jesuit Sources



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