England's merry martyr

Gallagher, Donat (2011) England's merry martyr. Quadrant, 55 (5). pp. 99-101.

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[Extract] John Henry Newman once described Richard Simpson, the nineteenth-century English Catholic intellectual, as "always flicking his whip at Bishops, cutting them in tender places, throwing stones at Sacred Congregations, and ... discharging pea-shooters at Cardinals who happen by bad luck to look out of the window". Moreover, to the "despair of his friends", he had a "talent for seeing the comic side of serious problems". It is therefore no surprise that when Simpson undertook a biography of the Elizabethan Catholic martyr Edmund Campion SJ, the authorities of Campion's day received a drubbing. Campion (now Saint Edmund) along with Father Robert Persons (or Parsons) SJ, began the Jesuit mission to England in 1580. Hung, drawn and quartered as a traitor in 1581 after only one brief year of underground ministry and sensational clandestine publishing, Campion remains today, not only a Catholic saint and martyr, but a nonchalantly brave, wonderfully eloquent, merrily witty man, widely acknowledged to be, in the words of the secular historian J.B. Black, "a great Elizabethan".

Item ID: 17597
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
ISSN: 0033-5002
Keywords: Simpson, Peters, Campion, biograhpy, Elizabethan, England
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 21:46
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950504 Understanding Europes Past @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society @ 50%
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