God's Secret Agents: Queen Elizabeth's Forbidden Priests and the Hatching of the Gunpowder Plot

God s Secret Agents Queen Elizabeth s Forbidden Priests and the Hatching of the Gunpowder Plot One evening in just weeks after the defeat of the Spanish Armada two young men landed in secret on a beach in Norfolk England They were Jesuit priests Englishmen and their aim was to achieve

  • Title: God's Secret Agents: Queen Elizabeth's Forbidden Priests and the Hatching of the Gunpowder Plot
  • Author: Alice Hogge
  • ISBN: 9780060542276
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One evening in 1588, just weeks after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, two young men landed in secret on a beach in Norfolk, England They were Jesuit priests, Englishmen, and their aim was to achieve by force of argument what the Armada had failed to do by force of arms return England to the Catholic Church.Eighteen years later their mission had been shattered by the acOne evening in 1588, just weeks after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, two young men landed in secret on a beach in Norfolk, England They were Jesuit priests, Englishmen, and their aim was to achieve by force of argument what the Armada had failed to do by force of arms return England to the Catholic Church.Eighteen years later their mission had been shattered by the actions of the Gunpowder Plotters a small group of terrorists who famously tried to destroy the Houses of Parliament for the Jesuits were accused of having designed that most horrid and hellish conspiracy In an unusual turn of events, the future of every Catholic they had hoped to save would soon come to depend on the silence of one Oxford carpenter, a man being tortured in the Tower of London for building priest holes, those bunkers in which the Catholic clergy hid from English authorities.Using contemporary documents, Alice Hogge s brilliant new book pieces together a deadly game of cat and mouse between priests and government spies, as Queen Elizabeth and her ministers fought to defend the state, and English Catholics fought to defend their souls It follows the priests God s Secret Agents from their schooling on the Continent, through their perilous return journeys and their lonely lives in hiding, to the scaffold, where a gruesome death awaited them To their government they were traitors to their fellow Catholics they were glorious martyrs It was a distinction that the Gunpowder Plot would put to the test Ultimately God s Secret Agents is the story of men who would die for their cause undone by men who would kill for it.

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    1. There is not enough room here to praise this book. I loved it: it was extremely difficult to put it down! Historically sound, well-researched, and written like the adventure-drama it portrays. Heroism has many faces and it is easy to dismiss 'martyr stories' as exaggerated, euphemistic melodramas but the quiet perseverance of the many ordinary people who became 'heroes' through no choice of their own is powerful. Oxford-educated Jesuits like Edmund Campion, staunch and bold priests like Cardinal [...]

    2. This was a really interesting book. It explored a side not often shown, with history books tending to favour the issue of religion as experienced and controlled by the government and sovereign. Using letters from key players in the Jesuit mission it looks into the position and secret actions of Catholics during the reign of Elizabeth I and James I, culminating in the Gunpowder Plot. The only thing that slightly bothered me was that Hogge sometimes jumped back and forth in time with someone dying [...]

    3. Many of Oxford's best and brightest, unable to reconcile themselves to the Anglican church, took themselves off to Douai, became Jesuits and came back to Elizabeth I's England covertly, forming a network of secret Catholics active in plots to free Mary Stuart, overthrow the Queen and assist Spanish plans to invade. The author is really taken with the romanticism of all this and ignores the crushing thoroughness with which the Cecils and Walsingham foiled almost everything they hatched. If you re [...]

    4. It took me a while to get into the rhythm of this book but once I did I enjoyed it. I knew from general reading and movies that the Catholic Church tried to wrest back power from the Prostestant Queen Elizabeth I during her long reign but I had no idea the lengths to which them went. God's Secret Agents documents this struggle in the finest of detail, sometimes excruciatingly so, but it is a fascinating story. The hardest part for me was keeping track of all the players; everyone in England seem [...]

    5. Not for the history beginner as it can be tedious at first, but well researched and the argument is well laid out. Would have liked to have seen more on Spain. Really enjoyed the background to the making of the hiding places for the priests.

    6. Excellent non-fiction account of the secret English Jesuit mission during the end of the 16th to 17th century. Alice Hogge is an excellent storyteller and brings this period to life.

    7. I found the whole experience in reading this book quite enlightening and at the same time concerning with regard to our current situation with the immigration issues now facing is in 2018.None needed.I have finished my submission. I feel this requirement of information is unnecessary and overly prolonged. End of.

    8. A clear account of the Catholic situation in England during the early decades of the schism. Accounts of the English Colleges and their graduates are particularly of note.

    9. What? You don't find 16th century religious disputes between Jesuits and Anglicans to be fascinating? Well, maybe you be entertained when you find yourself tied to a stake with a crowd of people throwing matches at the fagots. Actually, the above was how Queen "Bloody" Mary dealt with the Protestants. The Jesuits found themselves staring at their own guts after spending a time dangling by their neck in front of a crowd. Ah, the good old daysI really liked this book for the first 3/4. Hogg's desc [...]

    10. If you want to read about spying I suggest reading about real spying instead of fiction. This is about the events that followed Henry VIII's failed attempt to win his divorce from the Pope. The new order of Jesuits came to Elizabethan England and continued into James I's reign and became involved in/or not with the Gunpowder Plot.I enjoyed most reading about the death and funeral of Elizabeth and the coronation of James I. I learned about the difference in using orange juice versus lemon juice a [...]

    11. Everybody knows the story of the Gunpowder Plot, but few know the context and the aftermath. In a meticulously researched and well-written book, Hogge starts with Henry VIII and describes the subsequent attempts by English priests, educated abroad, to maintain and spread Catholicism in the face of state persecution.

    12. A captivating description of the lives of priests, recusants and priest-hunters and torturers during the time of royals Elizabeth and James. Her condoning and enabling of Richard Topcliffe's activities colors the success of Elizabeth's reign.

    13. I mark this as read but I only got halfway through it. It is very well researched but winds up being tedious after a few hundred pages. I just couldn't read any more. It is rare for me to not finish a book as well.

    14. Hogg paints an interesting picture of the secret priests in Elizabethan England. She even shows that it wasn't just men who took part. The book just felt a little too long.

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