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Catholicism, conformity and the community in the Elizabethan diocese of Durham

Oates, Rosamund (2006) Catholicism, conformity and the community in the Elizabethan diocese of Durham. Northern history, 43 (1). pp. 53-76. ISSN 1745-8706

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This article explores the development of Elizabethan Catholicism, challenging historical divisions between 'missionary' and 'traditional' Catholicism. By examining contrasting patterns of conformity among Durham Catholics, the article highlights divisions within the Catholic community about the implications of recusancy, showing that religious nonconformity reflected political, as well as pious, considerations. Challenging the traditional emphasis on the role of missionary priests in shaping English Catholicism, this article argues that the evolution of Catholicism-including patterns of worship and relationships with the State-was driven by the social, political and economic legacies of the local societies from which Elizabethan Catholic communities emerged.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Full-text of this article is not available in this e-prints service. This article was originally published [following peer-review] in Northern History, published by and copyright Maney Publishing.
DOI: 10.1179/174587006X86765
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2009 13:49
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2016 11:52
URI: http://e-space.mmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/83748

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