'This Is as True as All the Rest Is'

Religious Propaganda and the Representation of Truth in the 1580s

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  • 1 Bath Spa University T.Hill@bathspa.ac.uk
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In the early 1580s religious propaganda was used extensively and ferociously to inform (or misinform) that sector of the English public that had access to such works about events involving a number of Catholic priests and sympathisers and their opponents. This period saw a major episode of crisis over counter-Reformation Catholicism, exemplified by the mission to England headed by Edmund Campion, and the consequent arrest, torture, trial and execution of Campion and his associates. Numerous texts were produced from a variety of perspectives to intervene in the representation of these men, their motives, the treatment they received, and the danger they may or may not have posed to Protestant England. The propagandist texts with which I am concerned range across the various possible positions on these and other Catholic priests.

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