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3 Britannia sancta: Catholicism, Counter‐Reformation, and the Landscape

Alexandra Walsham

in The Reformation of the Landscape

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199243556
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725081 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243556.003.0004
3 Britannia sancta: Catholicism, Counter‐Reformation, and the Landscape

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This chapter considers how the landscape was implicated in Roman Catholicism’s struggle to resist the attempts of the Tudor and Stuart state to eradicate it. It describes how the Counter-Reformation on the Continent was accompanied by a spirited revival of pilgrimage and sacred places and shows how these developments found parallels in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Britain and Ireland despite the challenges of persecution and proscription. It also examines how British and Irish Catholics creatively appropriated the landscape as a site for worship and devotion after they were expelled from churches and how they revived holy sites attacked by Protestant iconoclasts and the historical narratives about the Christian past and the lives of the saints with which they were linked. A further theme is the emergence of a new geography of sacred locations associated with priests and laypeople who became martyrs to the Catholic faith.

Keywords: Catholicism; Counter Reformation; pilgrimage; persecution; cult of saints; ecclesiastical history; martyrs and martyrdom

Chapter.  34420 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Religion ; Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) ; British History ; Social and Cultural History

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