The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0014  Monday, 14 January 2013


From:        Kathryn Pitts <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         January 11, 2013 2:53:16 PM EST

Subject:     Alice Dailey’s The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution


Alice Dailey publishes book on the martyr figure in Reformation England


NOTRE DAME, IN, January 11, 2013—Alice Dailey, associate professor of English at Villanova University, has published a new book titled The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution. Observing how martyrdom is constituted through the interplay of historical event and literary form, Dailey explores the development of English martyr literature through the period of intense religious controversy from the heresy executions of Queen Mary to the regicide of 1649. 


“Alice Dailey’s innovative new study of English martyrology details the transformations undergone by the narrative forms, theological meanings, and visual imagery of sacred suffering in Reformation England. In the period stretching from the sixteenth century through the end of the English Civil War, the Catholic underground was stymied in its search for the glory of the martyrs by the rhetoric of treason wielded against them by the Protestant state, but periodically sustained by its own powerful and resilient treasury of religious narratives. In this broad and bracing study, Dailey conceives of the Catholic question in a pluralist manner, to include not only the fates of individual Catholics and Catholic communities, but also the survival of Catholic literary and architectural forms in post-Reformation England.”  —Julia Reinhard Lupton, The University of California, Irvine


The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution is part of the ReFormations: Medieval and Early Modern series edited by David Aers, Sarah Beckwith, and James Simpson. Read more:


The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution, published by the University of Notre Dame Press, is available as a paperback and in an ebook format. Read more:


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