As the UK prepares for the annual Bonfire Night celebrations, the BBC will be airing the final episode of its ‘explosive’ three-part drama, Gunpowder, the Jesuits in Britain Archives examine some of the items and documents that relate to the events.
On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg. As the Christian world reflects on 500 years since its beginning, the Jesuits in Britain Archives explore the effect it was to have on English Jesuits.
Following the broadcast of hte BBC's series Gunpowder, Dermot Preston SJ reviews the role of the Jesuits in the Gunpowder Plot and the impact of the plot on Catholic life and worship in seventeenth century Britain.
The Jesuits in Britain Archives is full of letters – personal correspondence, circulars, letters to and from Fr Provincial and Fr General, annual letters in Latin, postcards and Christmas cards. There are letters from Guyana, South Africa, Jamaica, India, Maryland, Rome, from all parts of Britain and, it seems, from all corners of the world. Assistand Archivist, Sally Kent, delves into the Archives to find out more.