E constructed by Nicholas Owen who crafted some amazingly ingenious "ways to conceal hidden rooms and crawlspaces Many of Oxford s best and brightest unable to reconcile themselves to the "to conceal hidden rooms and crawlspaces Many of Oxford s best and brightest unable to reconcile themselves to the church took themselves off to Douai became Jesuits and came back to Elizabeth I s England covertly forming a network of secret Catholics active in plots to free Mary Stuart overthrow the ueen and assist Spanish plans to invade The author is really taken with the romanticism of all this and ignores the crushing thoroughness with which the Cecils and Walsingham foiled almost everything they hatched If you really want something ruthless done right call in 16th century Calvinists My feelings about this book can best be described as incredibly mixed There are two things that I take issue with1 The author has made mistakes in biographical details of how the Greys were related to Mary Tudor and how Robert Carey and the Countess of Nottingham were related If she
s made mistakes about things that I now what is wrong with things that I don t2 The author made mistakes about things that I now what is wrong with things that I don t2 The author decision to believe unuestioningly the priests self presentation I m not saying they were all lying traitors But she believes that they consistently told the truth and I am genuinely not sure why For example she thinks that John Gerard wasn t the priest when the Gunpowder Plotters swore an oath of secrecy because he says he wasn t Two of the plotters said he was there but didn t now what they were doing There is also the uestion of whether every single one of them was genuinely apolitical I just don t think we can say and I don t think she should say She s also decided that if I was dealing with opinion or with the day to day details of the missions I tried to use sources like Gerard and Garnet because it was their story I was telling but if I was dealing with context with anti Catholic legislation or with the events of the Plot for example I tried to use the Government sources She uestions Government sources in a way she simply doesn t do with Garnet and GerardWith those caveats a well told story about an interesting period If nothing else I now now about priest s holes There is not enough room here to praise this book I loved it it was extremely difficult to put it down Historically sound well researched and written like the adventure drama it portrays Heroism has many faces and it is easy to dismiss martyr stories as exaggerated euphemistic melodramas but the uiet perseverance of the many ordinary people who became heroes through no choice of their own is powerful Oxford educated Jesuits like Edmund Campion staunch and bold priests like Cardinal Allen brave artisans like Nicholas Owen who created some of the most exuisitely clever priest holes throughout the English country house network some of which have only been rediscovered recently so well were they hidden the list goes on Read this book if you are at all interested in good historical writing you will not be disappointe. Ents from their schooling on the Continent through their perilous return journeys and lonely lives in hiding to ultimately the gallows She offers a remarkable true account of faith duty intolerance and martyrdom the unforgettable story of men who would die for a cause undone by men who would ill for. .
Not for the history beginner as it can be tedious at first but well researched and the argument is well laid out Would have liked to have seen on Spain Really enjoyed the background to the making of the hiding places for the priests It took me a while to get into the rhythm of this "BOOK BUT ONCE I DID I ENJOYED IT I "but once I did I enjoyed it I from general reading and movies that the Catholic Church tried to wrest back power from the Prostestant ueen Elizabeth I during her long reign but I had no idea the lengths to which them went God s Secret Agents documents this struggle in the finest of detail sometimes excruciatingly so but it is a fascinating story The hardest part for me was eeping track of all the players everyone in England seems to be named
Robert George and James they are given some title that has nothing to do with their name Duke of this Earl of that and I ept getting lost in the details I was amazed at the sophistication of the spycraft used in the 16th and 17th centuries and at how thoroughly relentless and ruthless Walsingham was at uncovering all the plots In the epiolouge the author draws some parallels to our current times in the aftermath of the 911 disaster There is plenty to think about here This was a really interesting book It explored a side not often shown with history books tending to favour the issue of religion as experienced and controlled by the government and sovereign Using letters from ey players in the Jesuit mission it looks into the position and secret actions of Catholics during the reign of Elizabeth I and James I culminating in the Gunpowder Plot The only thing that slightly bothered me was that Hogge sometimes jumped back and forth in time with someone dying in a previous chapter and then alive and well in the next It is however a great read for anyone with an interest in the period particularly the religious and social history An excellent book Well written engaging fascinating Growing up with great old black and white and color movies #was a joy But to judge history by films made by # a joy But to judge history by films made by hundreds in Hollywood would be a huge mistake Many great actresses played ueen Elizabeth such as Bette Davis and Jean Simmons but their portrayals do not accurately depict the evil Elizabeth and her nefarious cohorts perpetrated on her subjects The Golden Age of Elizabeth I even portrayed by the likes of Cate Blanchett today is wholly inaccurate and fails on so many levels that it is virtually a crime against history to be that inaccurateCatholics were not just arrested put in prison and tortured so severely that some lost the use of their hands by hanging from their shackles for hours on end if they lived but had their lands taken away from their families and sometimes they were drawn and uartered The worst was reserved for the priests It s hard for us to understand that sort of brutality let alone accept it as a deterrent to become Catholic but just listen to the rhetoric on the social media sites. One evening in 1588 just weeks after the defeat of the Spanish Armada two young men landed in secret on a beach in Norfolk England They were Jesuit priests Englishmen and their aim was to achieve by force of argument what the Armada had failed to do by force of arms return England to the Catholic Chur. ,John Robert George And James
Today and the news How they portray the President and those who support him today a mere fifty years ago would have been unthinkable I can only see that sort of brutality on the horizon when hatred is spewed daily and all based on specious reasons just as the anti Catholic fervor was in Elizabeth s dayThis book is about those who followed their conscience regarding their faith and risked everything to become Catholic and a priest It was only a war of words and the salvation of souls to the Catholics but because of the number of attempts to ill Elizabeth by Catholic ings and Popes it became a means to exterminate a religion they believed would put an end to Englishness Though the priests came in peace there were those who would have liked to see Elizabeth deadIt was interesting to find that Elizabeth ept her Catholicness hidden and eyewitnesses confirmed that she converted on her deathbed #EVERY PAGE OF THIS BOOK IS FILLED WITH A # page of this book is filled with a that should be told to circumvent the many lies told throughout the years Ms Hogge remains neutral which I appreciate and just tells the story of the dozens of men who gave up their lives because they cared about men s souls 45 stars One of the balanced looks at the Jesuits and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 Alice Hogge gets some details wrong Lady Jane Grey s relationship to Elizabeth and Mary being the one I noticed but overall accurate as far as I can tell Very well researched and based mainly on primary sources Hogge gives a detailed account
the religious tensions in throughout the Tudor era into the early reign of James I The one draw back to her book is that she doesn t always tell things in chronological order She understands how complicated the people on all sides of the conflict were She doesn t vilify any of the men In fact this book may have made me interested in reading biographies on James I and Robert Cecil because she brings out aspects of their characters that makes me curious to now about what shaped them beyond basic biographical information All the usual statements apply for when I read history like this It is not my usual subject area so I have a difficulty reading it and difficulty retaining the information because I lack the background This book "is well written if a bit dry and it appears to be impeccably researched as far as I can tell The "well written if a bit dry and it appears to be impeccably researched as far as I can tell The lesson I think can be drawn from this book is that religion should never mix with government There are plenty of people in this country who want to inject their religion into law and that is fine with them as long as it is their religion but reading this book might help them see how badly things can go when a government favors one religion over anotherMy favorite parts of this book were the details about the punishments meted out to those who were convicted of various things Catholictreasonous and the processes by which people were convicted I also enjoyed the sections that detailed the hides especially thos. ChEighteen years later their mission would be shattered by the actions of the Gunpowder Plotters a small group of terrorists who famously tried to destroy the Houses of Parliament for the Jesuits were accused of having designed that most horrid and hellish conspiracyAlice Hogge follows God's secret ag.Of The Religious Tensions In