Robert Persons

Edmund Campion SJ
Edmund Campion, born in London in 1540, was soon recognised as one of the most talented scholars of his generation.  He was a master of Latin and Greek literature and philosophy, and distinguished himself for his oratory while at Oxford.  After speaking before Queen Elizabeth, he won the patronage of Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the Queen’s favourite.Truly, my ingenious young man, you are much beholden to the Queen’s Majesty.   I have been commanded by her to ask...
General Superior Everard Mercurian SJ was  wary of sending Jesuits to England in the sixteenth century. As well as the real danger, he was concerned that they might get implicated in the complex mix of political and religious affairs which would hamper the mission. Mercurian gave two explicit instructions: not to interfere in politics, for the sake of peace with Queen Elizabeth and her government; and not to try to raise funds, for the sake of peace with the diocesan priests who might...