Medieval England was proudly Catholic and ostentatiously loyal to Rome. But from the late sixteenth century until recent times – and even now – anti-Catholic prejudice has been a cornerstone of English and British identity.
This lecture will look at how this prejudice grew out of the persecution of Protestants in the 1550s, at the idealistic historian who crystallised it, and at the political crises, real and invented, which turned his text into a paranoiacs’ charter.
Gresham College has been providing free public lectures since 1597. You can read more about our history here. This lecture, like most of ours, is open to the public on a first come first served basis, but we can book seats for schools/ colleges for all our lectures. https://www.gresham.ac.uk/schools.
Our readers might like to listen to this excellent address by Professor Eamon Duffy on Cardinal Reginald Pole given to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham during a recent pilgrimage to Canterbury:
“The spiritual guide, the apologist, the modern visionary, the antidote to liberalism, the defender of conscience, the man who never sinned against the light – these are the reasons why Newman should be considered a Doctor of the Church.” Blessed John Henry Newman will be canonised by Pope Francis on 13 October 2019. This splendidly clear and informative talk by Fr Marcus Holden comes therefore at an apt moment in the life of the English Church.
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ECHA are pleased to join the Midland Catholic History Association on a visit to Reading Abbey on 3rd July 2019. The programme will be:
10.15 Arrival and coffee, St James’ Church
10.45 prompt Talk on Reading Abbey, John and Lindsay Mullaney
12.00 Mass in St James’ church
1.00 Guided tour of the Abbey ruins
2.30 ‘The Turbulent Lifetime of Thomas Vachell’, Tony Hadland
3.30 Tea and departure
** members will have to bring sandwich lunch because of the limited time available. Hot drinks will be available
Bookings with fee of £10 per person
Study visit to Dublin – 12-16 August 2019
A visit to ecclesiastical and civil archives and related institutions in Dublin
Enquiries about the provisional programme and other aspects of the visit to:
Mr Paul Shaw, St Mary’s Convent, 10 The Butts, Brentford, Middlesex
Tel: 0208 568 7305
The Hunted Priest: Fr John Gerard, the English Mission and the Gunpowder Plot
Date – Wednesday 22nd May
Time – 6.45pm
Cost – Free/donation
Location – Farm Street Hall
Description – Landing at night on the Norfolk Coast in October 1588, Fr John Gerard SJ very successfully ministered to English Catholics for 17 years in extraordinary circumstances. After many daring escapes he suffered imprisoned and torture, famously escaping from the Tower of London in 1597 to continue his work until 1605. The talk is by his ten greats nephew, Michael Maslinski, who last year persuaded the BBC to withdraw inaccurate allegations in a documentary that he had been a central figure in the Gunpowder Plot