Robert Parsons


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Jesuit missionary. Born in Somerset to protestant parents, he resigned his Balliol fellowship and was received into the Roman church at Louvain, before offering himself to the Society of Jesus (1575). He was sent to England with Campion in 1580, and stayed a year in great danger. For nearly 20 years he was one of the most ardent promoters of the Spanish invasion. After failure of the Armada, he concentrated on his order's internal affairs. His missionary zeal combined with political intrigue have contributed much to the popular image of Jesuitry.

Subjects: History — Philosophy.

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