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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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(p.191) Conclusion
Confessional Mobility and English Catholics in Counter-Reformation Europe

Liesbeth Corens

Oxford University Press

The conclusion draws together the book’s arguments, highlighting the importance of recognizing the variety of confessional mobility. Through this approach, the discussion of expatriate English Catholics is no longer a self-contained narrative: its greater significance lies in reconfiguring how we think about both confessional mobility and the Counter-Reformation. English Catholics’ scattered community shows the role of bonds of belonging over physical proximity and territoriality. Moreover, their various identifications—among English Catholics, within the broader Catholic Church, and with English subjecthood—strongly support moving beyond a narrative of simple, linear integration in a host society. Confessional Mobility also challenges the ongoing practice of reducing English Catholics, especially migrants, to the footnotes to scholarship on the Catholic Reformation, since they did not conform to a monolithic image of the triumphant Church. However, this book shows that the Counter-Reformation took many shapes, and that English particularities were part of this diverse spectrum.

Keywords:   exile, migration, Counter-Reformation, English Catholicism, diaspora

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