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The Fabrication of a Jesuited Mock Weal

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One of the principal dangers in this subject is to see the struggle as between 'two tightly consolidated blocs, Roman and Protestant'. The greatest irony was that, in making a case for loyal English Catholics, they exposed and exacerbated intra-Catholic disunity. It is not the least of ironies that the Catholic Copley was responsible for bringing the opprobrious words if not the concepts of 'Jesuitism' and the 'Jesuited' into the printed English language, adding them to the growing body of words to describe a twisted nature. The most striking feature is the emphasis on liberty. This theme is heralded from the start in the familiar equivalence between Englishness and plain dealing. The English keep distant from the machinations of the game and still triumph. It is taken for granted in mainstream polemic that the true Englishman is not Popish and especially not Jesuited by the end of the period.

Keywords: Catholic Copley; Englishman; Jesuitism; Popish



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