Charles I and the Popish Plot

Charles I and the Popish Plot

Charles I and the Popish Plot

Charles I and the Popish Plot

Synopsis

Hibbard begins by setting court Catholicism in the context of English court alignments on domestic and foreign policy. She then describes public reaction to royal policy and court Catholicism and the use parliamentary leaders made of anti-Catholicism from 1640 to 1642. In this first study to focus on both the perceptions and the reality of popish plotting," Hibbard concludes that behind the exaggerated claims lay genuine anxieties that historians should begin to take seriously."

Originally published 1983.

Excerpt

I wish to thank the Research Board of the University of Illinois for financial assistance in the preparation of this book. The Andrew W. Mellon foundation generously provided a grant for several weeks of research in the Vatican Film Library at St. Louis University. The citations to the Barberini Latini manuscripts in my notes refer to microfilm copies that were consulted there or purchased through the Vatican Film Library. I wish to thank the Earl Fitzwilliam, Lord Downshire, and the Duke of Northumberland for permission to consult manuscripts deposited by them in public repositories.

The staff of the British Museum, the Public Record Office, the Bodleian Library, the Kent and Berkshire record offices, the Bristol Archives Office, Sheffield Central Library, and the John Rylands Library all offered assistance that made my research much easier, as did the staffs of the Beinecke and Sterling Libraries at Yale University and the library of the University of Illinois. I should like to record particular debts to Elisabeth Poyser of the Westminster Cathedral Archives, Father Lowrie Daly of the Vatican Film Library, Father Francis Edwards at the Jesuit archives in London, and Dom Philip Jebb of Downside Abbey, for helping me to make profitable use of the collections in their care. Father Justin McCarthy, O.F.M., kindly provided copies of material from the English Franciscan archives. I am grateful to Penry Williams for information from the Ellesmere manuscripts in the Huntington Library, which I was unable to visit.

Professor Wallace MacCaffrey and Professor Conrad Russell read the typescript of this work and made invaluable suggestions. A number of other colleagues and friends read parts of the draft and gave me helpful advice; I should like particularly to thank Anthony Fletcher, Gillian Lewis, Father Albert Loomie, and David Lunn. Marcella Grendler spent many hours helping me to turn the first draft of this book into a clearer and more coherent narrative; I am deeply grateful to her for taking on this task despite the many other demands on her time.

My research into early Stuart Catholicism began when I was a doctoral student at Yale University, and I owe thanks to Professor J. H. Hexter, who supervised my thesis, for his continuing help and encouragement. He set high standards of clarity in presentation for all his students, both . . .

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