‘That silken Priest’: Catholic disguise and anti-popery on the English Mission (1569–1640)

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Abstract

Disguise was essential for gaining access to Roman Catholic sacraments in post-Reformation England. This article considers the role of such non-devotional materials in confessional conflict and Catholic religious life. It discusses how the materiality and language of clothing, accessories and personal appearance could be used to emphasize disguise, and its wearers, as a threatening force. It then analyses how anti-papal narratives compared to the reality of Catholic disguise strategies, before demonstrating how those strategies complicated Catholic self-representation. Both in conflict with Protestants and intra-Catholic disputes, the materiality of Catholic appearance could become a political weapon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-51
Number of pages14
JournalHistorical Research
Volume93
Issue number259
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

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