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Smugglers, servants, and students: transporting Catholic materials to post-Reformation England

On 9 March 2022 Dr Aislinn Muller from the University of Cambridge gave a paper in our History Research seminar series, looking at the circulation of Catholic devotional objects in post-Reformation England, a time when acts of parliament had banned them in the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth century. She assessed the routes by which objects such as rosaries, agnus dei pendants, relics, and portable devotional images were smuggled into the country by merchants, students, and others travelling between England, Ireland, and continental Europe and the extent to which this constituted an act of subversion against the Crown.

If you missed the paper, a recording is available here.  You will need the following password: ng5G0$5R

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