December 2018: New Title on the English Mission of the Society of Jesus

James Kelly, Sweeting Research Fellow in the History of Catholicism at Durham University, and Hannah Thomas, Special Collections Manager and Research Fellow at the Bar Convent in York, have edited a new monograph, Jesuit Intellectual and Physical Exchange between England and Mainland Europe, c. 1580-1789: ‘The World is our House?’


Part of the Jesuit Studies Book Series at Brill, this new publication offers 14 interdisciplinary essays written by an international group of scholars. According to Brill, the book explores the role of the Jesuits’ mission in England as well as its “wider impact within the Society, as well as early modern European Catholicism.” The essays try “to change perceptions of the English Mission as peripheral, bringing the archipelagic experience of Jesuits working in the British Isles in line with work on their European confreres and the broader global network of the Society of Jesus.”


An introduction is written by Thomas. The remainder of the book is divided into four sections. Those sections and their respective essays are:


Rediscovering the English Mission

“‘To wyn yow to heaven’: Edmund Campion’s Winning Words,” by Gerard Kilroy

“Edmund Campion’s Prague Homilies: The Concionale ex concionibus a R.P. Edmundo Campiano,” by Clarinda Calma

“The Most Catholic King and the ‘Hispanized Camelion’: Philip II and Robert Persons,” by Houliston Victor


The Jesuits and English Culture

“Jesuit Drama Crossing the Channel: Jakob Gretser and William Shakespeare’s Pericles and Timon of Athens,” by Sonja Fielitz

“Relics and Cultures of Commemoration in the English Jesuit College of St. Omers in the Spanish Netherlands,” by Janet Graffius

“Scheming Jesuits and Sound Doctrine?: The Influence of the Jesuits on English Catholic Music at Home and Abroad, c.1580–1640,” by Andrew Cichy


English Jesuit Influence in Mainland Europe

“‘Extravagant’ English Books at the Library of El Escorial and Jesuit Agency,” by Ana Sáez-Hidalgo

“Spoils of War?: The Edict of Restitution and Benefactions to the English Province of the Society of Jesus,” by Thomas M. McCoog

“Invisible Threads of Divine Providence: The British Links in the Polemical Theology of Martinus Szent-Ivany (1633–1705),” by Svorad Zavarský

“Probabilism, Pluralism, and Papalism: Jesuit Allegiance Politics in the British Atlantic and Continental Europe, 1644–50,” by Christopher P. Gillett


Pan-European Networks of Communication

“England in the Margin: Providence and Historiography in Pedro de Ribadeneyra’s Historia ecclesiastica del scisma del reyno de Inglaterra,” by Spencer J. Weinreich

Spiritual Exercises and Spiritual Exercises: Ascetic Intellectual Exchange in the English Catholic Community, c.1600–1794,” by Hannah Thomas

“‘Established and putt in good order’: The Venerable English College, Rome, under Jesuit Administration, 1579–1685,” by Maurice Whitehead

“Jesuit News Networks and Catholic Identity: The Letters of John Thorpe to the English Carmelite Nuns at Lierre, 1769–89,” by James E. Kelly



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