God's Secret Agents

God's Secret Agents

Queen Elizabeth's Forbidden Priests and the Hatching of the Gunpowder Plot

Book - 2005
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We live in an age where religious fundamentalism has a profound effect on world politics. This is a story of fundamentalism on our own shores, a story which we have chosen to ignore but which has shaped, and continues to shape, the country we live in today. As darkness fell on the evening of Friday 28 October 1588, just weeks after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, two young Englishmen landed in secret on a Norfolk beach. They were Jesuit priests. The aim was to achieve by force of argument what the Armada had failed to do by force of arms -- to return England to the Catholic Church. Eighteen years later, in March 1606, with one of those men hiding for his life and the other awaiting trial for high treason, the fate of the Mission they had come to join depended on the silence of an Oxford joiner undergoing torture in the Tower of London. The hopes of England's Catholics lay in ruins, destroyed by the actions of a small group of renegade terrorists -- the Gunpowder Plotters. God's Secret Agents reveals a struggle for freedom of conscience and how Elizabeth's government spun it into treachery. It tells how a religion was persecuted in defence of the realm and explores the emergence o
Publisher: London : 2005
ISBN: 9780007156375
Branch Call Number: ANF 942.061 HOGG
Characteristics: 445 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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