4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2013
An exposition of 16th Century England under Elizabeth the First and later, at the beginning of the 17th, England under James the First but with no improvement on Elizabeth's murderous campaign against Catholics. Read about those who resisted and wonder would you be able to do the same.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2012
This is an autobiography of John Gerard a catholic priest in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. He tells the story of his experiences anjd those of fellow Catholics priests and lay at the time of persecution. A story of faith, courage and advenure keeping Catholism alive in dangerous days. A fascinating story of an aspect of Elizabethan life and of Catholic history.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2015
I'm glad I purchased this, it has been interesting enough to justify the small price paid. As an autobiography of someone who lived a hair-raising life as a hunted fugitive from the Elizabethan State it deserves a place among historical sources. However, I could never get used to reading this eye witness account in modern English which repeatedly jarred. I would much prefer to have the original Latin so at least I could check the meaning and nuance. Gerard presents himself and his friends as humane, caring and conscientious individuals who are victims of a tyrannical and fanatical protestant regime and its thugs. You won't find any evidence in the book to counter the Jesuits' self-congratulation; the edition itself is a Jesuit work and steps into the realm of propaganda. At several points I found the Jesuit bias too much to bear without regretting the absence of an independent, subjective reviewer who could put the Elizabethan state terror in perspective with the revolting atrocities being committed by the Inquisition in Europe.