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Philip Caraman, S.J., the renowned English historian, turns to the contemporary writing of well known, as well as just ordinary, people of Elizabethan England to present this fascinating anthology of the thoughts and emotions of Catholics, their anxieties and aspirations and their manner of life and suffering in The Other Face, a very real picture of religion under Queen Elizabeth the First. During research for his other books of the same period, John Gerard, William Weston, and Henry Morse, Father Caraman discovered a tremendous amount of material from Elizabethan sources which he has now edited and set out according to subject matter. Although not arranged chronologically, the entries do seem to form a continuous story of the period which is as engrossing as any novel in describing the tension of those times when Catholics, facing persecution and martyrdom, still clung tenaciously to their Faith. The Other Face exposes the life of Catholics that lay below the surface of political events. The author places great emphasis on their prayers and devotional practices, on the ideals they held out to their children and on their constant effort to forgive and to love their enemies. Readers will see them at home, at prayer, reading and letter writing, eating and entertaining, at school, in prison, in the convents and seminaries abroad, on the scaffold and at the assizes. As a result The Other Face is a masterpiece of a book, certain to be of real value to historians and students, but also able to provide enthralling reading to people of all faiths who know all too little of this ""less familiar face"" of Elizabethan England.

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 1961
Publisher: Sheed & Ward