A Catholic approach to the 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:
A Catholic approach to the world

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This chapter examines how William Blundell's anxieties about aspects of Catholic belief and practice affected his practical engagement with the world. The analysis of the entries in his commonplace books regarding social order, the place of women and natural phenomena shows that Blundell was frequently torn between an approach to the world concomitant with his religious beliefs. This chapter concludes that the effect of this tension was that Blundell steered a distinctly idiosyncratic middle way through the two approaches.

Keywords: William Blundell; Catholic belief; social order; place of women; natural phenomena; religious beliefs

Chapter.  18113 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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