William Blundell’s family and friends

Geoff Baker

in Reading and Politics in Early Modern England

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780719080241
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701799 | DOI:
William Blundell’s family and friends

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This chapter considers William Blundell's activities in relation to his family and friends in connection with his claim of passive victimhood. It suggests that far from being a victim, Blundell created a series of defence mechanisms that protected him from the full force of the penal laws. He maintained kinship and social networks that provided him with both personal security and protection for his estate and he used the freedom that these strategies afforded him to protect other Catholics in his networks.

Keywords: William Blundell; passive victimhood; family; friends; defence mechanisms; penal laws; social networks; kinship

Chapter.  21404 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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