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:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the political and religious beliefs of William Blundell, a seventeenth-century Catholic gentleman in Lancashire, England. Blundell's surviving papers clearly demonstrate that he actively ensured his own survival and played a prominent part in local and national politics. This chapter suggests that Blundell's political culture was not solely defined by his recusancy and that his standing in the social order and his gender also had an impact on his worldview.

Keywords: William Blundell; Catholic gentleman; religious beliefs; national politics; political culture; recusancy; social order; worldview

Chapter.  2239 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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