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The Estrangement of English Catholics

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The emphasis on France is understandable given the context of 1559. Although this work is conventional to the extent that it cries treason and proclaims divine deliverance after one of the more serious incidences of rebellion in the reign, it escapes its own generic conventions by its explicit statements on the un-Englishness of all Papists. The kind of subjection extracted by Rome is of a different order because it draws men into 'slauishe subiec-tion', but since one cannot be a slave and English, one cannot therefore be of the Roman Catholic faith. At the time of crisis, it was more necessary to examine their interior dispositions than to argue about their religious practice and doctrine, although were it not for their religion, questions about their affective identities would not need to be asked. A true Englishman will stand up for England. Therefore no true Englishman can be a Catholic.

Keywords: Englishman; Papists; Roman Catholic

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