Document Type

Presentation - Panelist

Catholic Parenting Under Threat: Early Modern Strategies for Survival


History & Political Studies

Date of Activity

Summer 6-2022


Roman Catholic parents in England after the Reformation had challenging choices to make. They needed to find ways to educate their children in their faith while not putting their control over those children at risk. Protestant rulers were concomitantly concerned that Catholic children be given the chance to embrace Protestantism and to ensure that the next generation move away from Catholicism. Catholic parents attempted to work around the laws regarding education, inheritance and emigration to Catholic countries while not losing control to the state of their children's education and custody. This paper assesses how these tactics changed over time and the extent of the Protestant state's effectiveness in suppressing Catholic parenting of the next generation.

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