Persecuted for the Faith in England: Glimpses of the Penal Years Print
Written by Sherry   
Saturday, 19 December 2009 10:36

(An Agnus Dei of 1578 carried by St. Edmund Campion)

In light of the wonderful news about Mary Ward, I thought I'd gather together in one place all the posts I've done over the past 3 years about embattled English Catholics during the years of persecution.

We'll start with my Thomas More binge on his feast day a couple years ago:

The famous More family portrait by Holbein
Everything-you've-wanted-to-know-about St. Thomas More resources
St. Thomas' cell in the Tower of London
His beloved and brilliant eldest daughter, Margaret and her relationship with More's friend, Erasmus.
Mores' valiant adopted daughter, Margaret Giggs
A map of More's Utopia
The world he knew: Hampton Court
Erasmus's famous description of More: "framed for friendship"
Thomas More's Garden (You knew this was coming!)
More's nemesis: the appalling Richard Rich
The fidelity of the More Family through the generations

And on the general topic of recusant English Catholics:

A handy timeline of English Persecution
Shakespeare's testament - a hidden profession of Roman Catholic faith by John Shakespeare, William's father in 1580
A moving collection of relics from the penal times including some used by Edmund Campion.
The heroic martyr, Margaret Clitheroe, the Pearl of York
Nicholas Owen, the ingenious lay builder of priest hiding places
The bizarre but true: a book bound in the skin of an executed Jesuit priest sold at auction in December of 2007.
Venerable Mary Ward: "That Incomparable Woman"