Britain and the Netherlands c1570-1720
Hardback 288pp Illustrated
9780719079061   Product Code: 20660
Much of 17th-century Europe was dominated by the Catholic Church. Not so Britain and the Dutch Republic. This book is the first to compare the position of Catholics as a minority community in the two countries. Looking beyond the tales of persecution that have dominated traditional accounts, it examines ritual, international networks, and relations between clergy and laity, to reveal the ways in which Catholicism managed to retain its identity and survive in a hostile political environment.