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Reading the confessional divide

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/9780719080241.003.0005
Reading the confessional divide

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This chapter analyses William Blundell's entries on devotional writing and religious histories in his commonplace books. It considers how Blundell used his reading to bolster his own religious beliefs and discusses religious beliefs based on his engagement with the Bible and other devotional works. The analysis of his commonplace books indicates that certain aspects of Catholicism caused him problems, particularly the details of saints' lives. This chapter also describes how Blundell read and rewrote Catholic and Protestant history to add credibility to the former.

Keywords: William Blundell; devotional writing; religious histories; common place books; Bible; devotional works; Catholicism; saints' lives; Protestant history

Chapter.  16379 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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