|Date:||Sunday March 26th|
|Cost:||€12 / €10 Concession|
Here is the first book to tell the story of the Catholics in Britain and Ireland in a single volume – from a master of popular history and 'a first-class storyteller' (The Times).
Throughout the three hundred years that followed the Act of Supremacy, Catholics were prosecuted, persecuted and penalised for the public expression of their faith. Access to archives in Britain and Rome has enabled Roy Hattersley to reveal previously unpublished material as diverse as the instructions to Jesuit priests on how to evade capture, the reaction of peaceful Protestant Londoners to the Gordon Riots, Cardinal Newman’s attempts to discredit Augustus Pugin, ‘God’s architect’, and the discovery in England that the Pope had called for the assassination of Queen Elizabeth.
The Catholics, as good history should, helps to increase the understanding of modern events. It portrays the Reformation as an essentially political event of which Henry’s wish for divorce was the occasion not the cause – an early example of England’s wish to stand alone rather than in concert with continental Europe.