Mary Ward (1585-1645): `A Briefe Relation', with Autobiographical Fragments and a Selection of Letters

Mary Ward (1585-1645): `A Briefe Relation', with Autobiographical Fragments and a Selection of Letters

Edited by Christina Kenworthy-Browne CJ

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Biography of, and writings by, Mary Ward, the founder of the Congregation of Jesus, still in existence today.
Mary Ward, one of the most interesting and attractive figures in early modern history, was born in Yorkshire during a period of relentless persecution for English Catholics. At a time when strict enclosure was prescribed for religious orders of women, she felt called by God to found a new congregation, modelled on the Society of Jesus: self-governing, unenclosed, and available for apostolic work worldwide, including the support of priests on the dangerous English Mission. Whether engaged in travel by sea and long, mountainous journeys, or planning with supportive Catholic princes for the education of girls, or pleading her cause in person before popes and cardinals, Mary remained courageous and light-hearted, a woman of deep faith. But she was in advance of her time; her congregation was harshly suppressed by Papal Bull, while she herself suffered imprisonment as a heretic by the Inquisition, and remained under its perpetual surveillance.

This book, published to mark the four-hundred year jubilee of the foundation of Mary Ward's congregation in 1609, contains the earliest biography (c.1650) of Mary Ward and other source texts, hitherto available only in manuscripts kept in private archives. Introductions and notes have been added to set the texts in context.

CHRISTINA KENWORTHY-BROWNE, a member of Mary Ward's Congregation of Jesus, is the Archivist and Librarian at the Bar Convent, York.

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November 2008
1 colour, 10 black and white illustrations
208 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Catholic Record Society: Records Series
ISBN: 9780902832244
Format: Hardback
Catholic Record Society
BIC DNF, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3JB
BISAC REL033000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Mary Ward, The English Vita, known also as the Briefe Relation...
Autobiographical Fragments
Selected Letters and Documents
Bibliography

Reviews

Will be of interest to all those concerned with recusant history and with the development of apostolic religious life for women. THE WAY

For scholars interested in more in-depth research, this collection is an excellent starting point. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY
It is no exaggeration to describe this book as an uncut diamond. RENAISSANCE BULLETIN
Kenworthy-Browne's English-language edition of works by Ward will be useful for courses and instructional segments on Reformation-era and early-modern history, women's history, church history, and English history. It deserves a place in undergraduate-level libraries as well as in many libraries serving secondary school students. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW
This volume is another step in the wider dissemination of Mary Ward's life, vocation and work. RECUSANT HISTORY
This volume is another step in the wider dissemination of Mary Ward's life, vocation and work, and a great help for English speakers. HISTORIANS OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS IN BRITAIN AND IRELAND

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