During the Persecution: Autobiography of Fr John Gerard

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Post by m8b1 » August 10th, 2020, 2:55 pm

During the Persecution: Autobiography of Father John Gerard


This book is probably better known under the title "Autobiography of a Hunted Priest". However, the translation that uses that title is not PD.

I thought I would put it here first in case anyone wants to solo it. :-) However, if it doesn't get picked up, I will do it as a group project sometime soon.

From the wiki page of the author:
John Gerard (4 October 1564 – 27 July 1637) was an English Jesuit priest, operating covertly in England during the Elizabethan era in which the Catholic Church was subject to persecution. He was the second son of Sir Thomas Gerard of Bryn, in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire.

Gerard notably not only successfully hid from the English authorities for eight years before his capture but also endured extensive torture, escaped from the Tower of London, recovered and continued with his covert mission. After his escape to the Continent, he was instructed by his Jesuit superiors to write a book about his life in Latin. An English translation, published in 1951, is a rare first-hand account of the dangerous cloak-and-dagger world of a Catholic priest in Elizabethan England.

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