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William Blundell and the wider world

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719080241.003.0003
William Blundell and the wider world

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This chapter examines William Blundell's claims that he was a loyal subject in light of his activities related to the removal of the penal laws and the admission of Catholics into every area of English social life. It suggests that Blundell's claim of being a loyal subject represented loyalty to the monarchy and not the regime, which Blundell undermined. This chapter also argues that Blundell made a significant contribution to safeguarding the prospects of English Catholicism and his activities were a direct threat to the Protestant state.

Keywords: William Blundell; loyal subject; penal laws; Catholics; English social life; English Catholicism; Protestant state

Chapter.  11954 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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