This book is a revisionist study of English Catholicism among the Yorkshire gentry in the century following the English Reformation. Previous works on the topic have tended to overemphasize the heroic sacrifice of prominent males and priests, while downgrading the role of others in the maintenance of Catholicism in the county. This study challenges this view by asserting the importance of other members of society in maintaining a Catholic community, looking at the activities of Catholic women, the younger sons of gentry families and some of the less well-known individuals of the Yorkshire communities.
Dr. Sarah. L. Bastow is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. She completed her Ph.D. at the same institution.
Acknowledgments; Foreword by Dr. Timothy Thornton; Introduction; Rebellions, Risings, Plots and Protests; A Catholic in the Family? Yorkshire Catholic Gentlewomen and the Continuation of the Catholic Community; Persecution or Toleration?; Control and Compromise: Catholics and the Parish Community; The Educated and Active Catholic; Continuity and Revival: Careers in a Catholic Community; Conclusion; Appendix I: Key Families Mentioned in the Text; Appendix II: Location of the Main Family Estates; Bibliography; Index.