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Confessional Mobility and English Catholics in Counter-Reformation Europe$
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Liesbeth Corens

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198812432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198812432.001.0001

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The Educational Traveller

The Educational Traveller

(p.79) 3 The Educational Traveller
Confessional Mobility and English Catholics in Counter-Reformation Europe

Liesbeth Corens

Oxford University Press

This chapter foregrounds the diversity and dynamics of the expatriate community and writes the history of expatriate English Catholics into a much older tradition of educational travel. Recognizing that continuity alerts us to read the expatriate houses neither as a purely new phenomenon, nor as exclusively defined by flight from repression. Rather, without prioritization, it integrates retreat from persecution and preparation for the future, but still recognizing the two-way interaction. Children and youngsters were sent to colleges on the Continent to ensure that they were safe from Protestant influence and to prepare them for an active apostolate. Highlighting these dynamics helps to move beyond a static understanding of expatriates which limits the understanding of movement to the moment of migration, and instead discloses an expatriate life that was much more dynamic and in flux than these images suggest. Going abroad was a transformative experience.

Keywords:   Grand Tour, travellers, colleges, convent, education, English Catholicism, civility, politeness, lay apostolate

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