English and Catholic
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In the 16th and 17th centuries, to be English and Catholic was to face persecution, financial penalties and even death. Yet some English Catholics prospered and this study looks at the career and legacy of one of the most prominent: George Calvert, Baron of Baltimore in Ireland. A talented and ambitious man, Calvert successfully navigated the politics of court to become secretary of state under James I, and later embarked on colonial enterprises that culminated in the founding of Maryland.