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The Handle and the Axe:
The Catholic Recusants in England from Reformation to Emancipation

by J. C. Aveling

ISBN 0856340472 / 9780856340475 / 0-85634-047-2
Publisher Blond & Briggs
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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The English Catholics who refused to acknowledge the monarch as the head of their church were known as recusants. They were fined, tortured, expropriated, ostracised and exiled. They still clung to the Mass which they celebrated more likely on the kitchen table of a farmhouse than in their own chapels. Many of them, like Campion, were converts who changed to the old faith for the honour of God and their own piece of mind. [via]