Confessional Mobility and English Catholics in Counter-Reformation Europe

ISBN : 9780198812432

Liesbeth Corens
256 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Dec 2018
Send mail

In the wake of England's break with Rome and gradual reformation, English Catholics took root outside of the country, in Catholic countries across Europe. Their arrival and the foundation of convents and colleges on the Continent as attracted scholarly attention. However, we need to understand their impact beyond that initial moment of change. Confessional Mobility, therefore, looks at the continued presence of English Catholics abroad and how the English Catholic community was shaped by these cross-Channel connections. Corens proposes a new interpretative model of 'confessional mobility'. She opens up the debate to include pilgrims, grand tour travellers, students, and mobile scholars alongside exiles. The diversity of mobility highlights that those abroad were never cut off or isolated on the Continent. Rather, through correspondence and constant travel, they created a community without borders. This cross-Channel community was not defined by its status as victims of persecution, but provided the lifeblood for English Catholics for generations. Confessional Mobility also incorporates minority Catholics more closely into the history of the Counter-Reformation. Long side-lined as exceptions to the rule of a hierarchical, triumphant, territorial Catholic Church, English Catholic have seldom been recognised as an instrumental part in the wider Counter-Reformation. Attention to movement and mission in the understanding of Catholics incorporates minority Catholics alongside extra-European missions and reinforces current moves to decentre Counter-Reformation scholarship.


List of Figures
Note on the Text
Part I: Distance
1 The Exile
2 The Fugitive
Part II: Mobility
3 The Educational Travller
4 The Pilgrim
Part III: Orientation
5 The Intercessor
6 The Record Keeper

About the author: 

Liesbeth Corens is a British Academy post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oxford, where she arrived after a PhD and research fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Her works focuses on early modern Catholic minorities and their central role in the Counter-Reformation practices of both English and Dutch Catholics. Having finished researching for Confessional Mobility she is currently working on Creating Counter-Archives: Record-collecting and Commemoration among Catholic Minorities, ca. 1660-1730, a comparative study of the commemorative practices of both English and Dutch Catholics. With Alexandra Walsham and Kate Peters, she has edited a number of volumes on the history of archives: 'The Social History of the Archive: Record Keeping in Early Modern Europe', Past & Present Supplement, 11, (2016) and Archives and Information in the Early Modern World (OUP, 2018)

The price listed on this page is the recommended retail price for Japan. When a discount is applied, the discounted price is indicated as “Discount price”. Prices are subject to change without notice.