The Correspondence of James Peter Coghlan (1731-1800)

May 2007
12 black and white illustrations
514 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Catholic Record Society: Records Series
ISBN: 9780902832237
Format: Hardback
Catholic Record Society

The Correspondence of James Peter Coghlan (1731-1800)

Edited by Frans Blom, Jos Blom, Frans Korsten

Some 280 letters from a leading figure in the eighteenth-century Catholic community shed new light on a turbulent period.
Edited by FRANS KORSTEN, JOSS BLOM, FRANS BLOM AND GEOFFREY SCOTT James Peter Coghlan [1731-1800] was the chief English Catholic printer, publisher and bookseller of the second half of the eighteenth century. It was mainly through him that the English Catholics were provided with an extensive polemical, catechetical, pastoral and devotional literature of their own. Coghlan was also a pivotal figure in the infrastructure and logistics of the Catholic community, acting as a middleman between the various layers and segments of that community. In the turbulent days of the Catholic Committee after 1785, he found himself uneasily in the midst of the fray. He corresponded with dozens of British Catholics, at home and abroad, and his letters, pious, shrewd, dedicated, garrulous and eminently practical, yield a fascinating insight into the day-to-day working of Catholic book production as well as the behind-the-scenes life of the English Catholic community.
FRANS KORSTEN, JOSS BLOM and FRANS BLOM teach English Literature at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
GEOFFREY SCOTT is Abbot of Douai.

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The Correspondence


Will become an indispensable resource for scholars of the history of Catholicism in the eighteenth century. RECUSANT HISTORY
The letters collected here [give] us the raw material to reassess an entire community. TLS
Makes surprisingly vivid reading. THE DOWNSIDE REVIEW

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