This collection of essays explores the survival of Catholic culture in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England - a time of Protestant domination and sometimes persecution. Contributors examine not only devotional, political, autobiographical, and other written texts, but also material objects such as church vestments, architecture, and symbolic spaces. Among the topics discussed in this volume are the influence of Latin culture on Catholic women, Marian devotion, the activities of Catholics in continental seminaries and convents, the international context of English Catholicism, and the influential role of women as maintainers of Catholic culture in a hostile religious and political environment. "Catholic Culture in Early Modern England" makes an important contribution to the ongoing project of historians and literary scholars to rewrite the cultural history of post-Reformation English Catholicism.
Ronald Corthell is chair of the department of English at Kent State University. Frances E. Dolan is professor of English at Miami University. Christopher Highley is associate professor of English at Ohio State University. Arthur F. Marotti is professor of English at Wayne State University.