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Toby Terrar, “Social Ideas among Post-Reformation Catholic Laboring People: The Evidence from Civil War England in the 1640s.” This article originally appeared in History of European Ideas (ISSN: 0191-6599), vol. 14, no. 5 (September 1992), pp. 665-694. (DM06.01.02; 18c-art8.doc).
This article looks at several related social ideas among the post-Reformation English Catholic laboring people. The period of analysis is the Civil War of the 1640s. This is a favored period for historians because divisions were sometimes sharp. The abundant court cases, legislation, pamphlets, and letters generated to justify various interests give the student an opportunity to bring into clearer focus ideas which in other periods might be misinterpreted or missed entirely. This is particularly the case for laboring Catholics who did not leave an abundance of written records about their social ideas. The laboring Catholics were a relatively large but, until the advent of the county studies starting in the 1950s, almost invisible sector in the community's history.
The discussion of the Catholics' social ideas is relevant to several historiographical points. One point concerns the question, do laboring people have idées or do they merely possess a mentalité. It has been argued that the thought of laboring people, unlike that of the educated classes, does not advance beyond the level of "operative" cognition to that of formal thought. In this view, one must be free from concrete imagery and the constraints of the real world in order to have ideas. This article does not attempt to measure the relative concreteness of the Catholics' imagery. But the article does suggest, based on their behavior and documentary evidence, that many Catholic laboring people had social ideas which were distinct from but which they took just as seriously as those of the gentry.
Another historiographic point addressed concerns the on-going revision in post-Reformation English Catholic history. The article draws upon and seeks to contribute to the revision by isolating and analyzing several social ideas that emerge in the county studies. The county studies brought an interpretive revision about the composition of the post-reformation English Catholic community. This article raises the possibility of extending the revision to the community's ideas.
The picture of the Catholics that is reflected in the county studies is of a community of mainly laboring people living in the north and west of England and in the five major towns and cities of London, Norwich, Bristol, Newcastle, and York. Catholicism did best in poor areas where Anglican parishes were large, offered little income for the established clergy, and consequently the needs of laboring people were ignored. John Bossy estimates the Catholic population doubled between 1603 and 1641 because a sector of the Catholic clergy were willing to live and serve at the lower standard of living available in the poorer areas.
As reflected in the county studies, anti-Catholic persecution was not significant. Most were not convicted recusants. Not only were they too poor to prosecute for recusancy, a significant if indeterminate number were church Catholics, meaning they partially or occasionally conformed to the established church. One might conclude from the social ideas they manifested during the war that the persecution in their lives was not so much religious as economic and it came from Protestant and Catholic landlords. During the Civil War, the community followed its own independent interests, which often coincided with those of the Protestant Independents. This picture of mainly laboring people turns on its head the view that prevailed in the nineteenth and early twentieth century about the community being predominantly gentry, Royalist, and dominated by anti-Catholic persecution.
The social ideas that are of interest in this article are antinomianism, meaning literally those "against the law," and the labor theory of value. These two ideas were related. The seventeenth-century antinomians, it will be argued, rejected both the spiritual and material basis of the established order. Antinomian levelers and their Catholic counterparts tended to view religious, economic, and political value in terms of labor. In the Catholic pamphlets and activities, one finds the idea that it was God's plan that since laboring people produced wealth, they should enjoy it, not landlords and monopolists.
It should be noted that the Catholics' social ideas, like those of the levelers, did not generally mean the abolition of property rights. Some of the Protestant levelers even complained that they were "levelers, falsely so called." One pamphlet stated, "We profess we never had it in our thoughts to level men's estates, it being the utmost of our aim that the commonwealth be reduced to such a pass that every man may, with as much security as may be, enjoy his property." A. L. Morton points out that the seventeenth-century laboring people saw the small property of the small man menaced "not by the poor but by the rich--by monopolists, greedy entrepreneurs, and enclosing landlords." It was against these that security was needed. The levelers represented and appealed in the main to the small and medium producers.
The Catholics' social ideas contrasted with those of the gentry. The gentry taught that God wanted obedience to the established order with any redistribution of wealth toward its producers to come in the next life. In the gentry's doctrine God had a special love for their class, not for laboring people.
Antinomianism. The antinomian aspect of the Catholic community will be taken up first. Outlined will be its manifestation in the community's ecclesiastical and political policies. Four preliminary points need observation. First, antinomianism did not mean anarchism, despite the contentions of those who opposed them. The antinomians did not intend to remove the essence of the Mosaic law, that is, its political and moral content, but rather to clear the way for its realization. Second, the antinomians of the period did not generally use the term "antinomian" to describe their ideas. It was a term of abuse used by their enemies. But scholars now use it to designate them.
Third, not all historians would agree that antinomianism was a material, that is, a political and economic, as well as a spiritual idea. But there is no lack of authority for the materialist interpretation and it seems to best describe the developments within the Catholic community. Illustrative of those who give antinomianism a materialist interpretation is Christopher Hill. He points out that the term meant the repudiation of "all human laws, not just Mosaic law." The Presbyterian-dominated Parliament in 1646 called treasonous the teaching of antinomianism and enacted capital punishment against it. The Presbyterian gentry did not fear antinomianism because of otherworldly considerations, but because, as occurred in Pride's purge in 1648, the antinomian Independents were seeking political power at the expense of the Presbyterians. Just a few years earlier the Presbyterian gentry in Parliament had themselves professed the antinomian doctrine in their battle with the crown. But once they achieved victory in 1646, they sought to exclude its further use to, among others, the laboring people who opposed not only the crown but the landlord order as well.
In using the term antinomian to describe an aspect of their social ideas, this article is not suggesting that the community was concerned with any precise doctrinal meanings that the term has for academics. Rather it is used loosely to describe a general attitude among many Catholics and Protestants who believed in and acted upon their own authority and interests. This sometimes put them in opposition to the crown or parliament or gentry or ecclesiastical hierarchy. In using the term to describe a general attitude, the article follows Gertrude Huehns, who summed up her study, "Antinomianism is to some extend independent of its precise doctrinal meaning. In short there seems to be an `antinomian attitude' to general issues just as there is a Puritan attitude to them." For the same attitude the established order sometimes used the term "criminal." Criminal, however, as used here, would be those who were indiscriminate in their leveling, those laboring people who stole from their laboring neighbors and shared the gentry's belief that it was legitimate to live off the labor of others.
A fourth and last preliminary point is that the term antinomian is most frequently used to describe Protestants, but scholars do use it for Catholics. For example, Jodi Bilinkoff in her study of religious reform in sixteenth-century Spain calls "antinomian" the teachings of Maria Vela y Cueto. James Gaffney labels the program of the English Benedictine priest Augustine Baker (d. 1641) "a virtual antinomianism predicated on the belief that nothing is finally normative for human behavior but the personal experience of what is taken to be a divine inspiration."
This article argues that the concept of antinomianism can also be fruitfully used in connection with Catholic laboring people. Some of the political, economic, and religious programs promoted by the community at the local and national level did not differ from those of the levelers. The evidence for this comes from the Catholics' pamphlets, court cases, and political-economic activities, as uncovered in the county studies. One of the sources for information about antinomian ideas are pamphlets. There were not as many Catholic antinomian pamphlets as there were Protestant, but such pamphlets nevertheless had a presence in the community. The Catholic antinomian pamphlets were written by the educated, but the writers were said at the time to embody the ideas of the laboring people.
At the top of a list of perhaps 5 or 10 Catholics who wrote such pamphlets was the secular priest, Thomas White. With some 40 titles to his credit, White did well in terms of being published and reprinted. This was evidently because he articulated what many people believed and patronized. According to John Bossy, White was the intellectual leader of the 450 secular clergy in England during the period. That he was representative of the thinking of laboring people was testified to at the time by the Royalist, Robert Pugh. Pugh complained that White took the side of the "meanest of the commons, against the just rights of the king, the nobility, and a great part of the gentry." Similarly Roger Coke was upset because White was a tool of those with "plough-holding" hands. White served the Catholic community in London and lived in a rented a room. He does not seem to have been employed as a domestic chaplain for the gentry.
One of the themes in White's pamphlets was that obedience to the established order in church and state was not God's will. The Protestant antinomian Thomas Collier wrote in 1646 that "believers are a law unto themselves." White taught in like manner, "It is a fallacious principle, though maintained by many, that obedience is one of the most eminent virtues and that it is the greatest sacrifice we can offer to God, to renounce our own wills, because our will is the chiefest good we have." Besides questioning the connection between God and obedience, other antinomian ideas prominent in White's pamphlets included universal grace, an emphasis on the Holy Spirit, and eschatology. Each idea had political-economic ramifications that were detrimental to the landlord order. For example, the gentry denied the universal grace doctrine because the doctrine meant they and their institutions were not God's conduit of grace; they were not "all things to all men."
White's pamphlets, it appears, reflected an antinomianism that was born of and characteristic of the community. Two significant examples of where the general community gave concrete form to antinomianism need mention and will constitute the evidence offered here for the community's antinomian social ideas. These examples involve the community's ecclesiastical and political policies. Ecclesiastical policy will be covered first. As noted earlier, the county studies picture the relative unimportance within the community of anti-Catholicism and anti-Protestantism and the continuing existence of church Catholicism. When the king was in power, church Catholics lied in taking the oath of supremacy, which acknowledged the king as head of the church. Then the Catholics lied in taking Parliament's oath of abjuration when that oath was imposed after 1642. Church Catholicism was a continuing aspect of the community in England and its existence was illegal in the eyes of both the established church and Rome. Blaise Pascal in his Provincial Letters of 1656 blamed Rome and the Jesuits for teaching the doctrine of equivocation, that is, that it was licit to lie under oath. But Rome and the Jesuits were teaching just the opposite. Pope Innocent X in 1649 denounced equivocation because it was "ecclesiastically subversive." If the pope had had his way, Catholics would not have taken the oaths or attended Anglican services. They would have shed their blood for what they believed was Roman clericalism.
The tendency of the Catholics to be a law unto themselves in ecclesiastical policy extended to their clergy. The 450 secular clergy in England governed themselves through their dean and chapter, which was a body of elected representatives. They maintained a fraternal, not paternal or inferior relation to Rome that had probably always been characteristic of English Catholicism. George Leyburn described the chapters 28 elected members some years after the Civil War. One was John Medcalf, who was archdean of Northumberland and Cumberland. He maintained that if he headed the English government, he would proscribe all priests who refused to take the oath of allegiance. Rome asked Humphrey Waring, who was dean or head of the chapter, why he was unwilling to comply with "the decrees of His Holiness, for the keeping of which decrees one hundred and forty martyrs had shed their blood, and undergone a glorious death." He responded that he and the other clergy had made up their minds "to live for the future according to the customs of the Gallican church." Chapter member and archdeacon Henry Turbervill was said by Rome to "constitute himself defender of the oath, commonly known as the oath of allegiance, in which are contained many things contrary to Catholic faith and the authority of the Roman church." Thomas Carr another member of the chapter "to the best of his power promoted Jansenism." Chapter member John Leyburn was a "`neopoliticus Gallus,' looking after his own rather than the public good," [the "public" being Rome]. The non-sectarian bent of some secular priests, such as Thomas Carter and William Johnson included attending services in the established church.
It was not the crown, the Parliament, or the pope, that such Catholics saw as supreme, but themselves. Where Catholicism did best in England it was not because of obedience to clerical doctrines promoted by Rome or the established church, but because the Catholic clergy served the pastoral needs of those who were neglected by the Protestant clergy. This is not to say that Catholics had any lack of doctrines. But, as will be seen, their doctrines centered on the value of labor.
In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, the existence of the extensive controversial literature between the seventeenth-century Catholic and Protestant clergy was taken to signify that the Catholics were more subservient to Rome than their church Catholicism would appear. But the controversial literature, especially the most sectarian examples, did not arise from the ranks of the laboring Catholics or from the clergy who were engaged in the pastoral and congregational ministry. Rather it came from those who lived abroad and to a lesser degree from those who were employed as domestic chaplains by the gentry. Not a small portion of Rome's "anti-Protestantism" was directed against the Catholics and their clergy rather than at the Protestants. For example, Thomas Sanchez, S.J. and Robert Persons, S.J. taught that partial conformers and the clergy who served them were apostates, schismatics, and excommunicate.
In addition to ecclesiastical policy, a second example of where the Catholic community gave concrete form to antinomianism was in their political program. During the Civil War, as noted, they generally took an independent position that best protected their economic, political, and religious interests. Independency did not mean neutrality. Their independency like that of the Protestant Independents, including the levelers, sometimes put them in opposition to the royalist order and sometimes in opposition to the parliamentary order. The Catholics voiced the same antinomian justifications for their opposition that were used by the Protestants.
There are two parts to the discussion of the Catholics antinomian political activity. The first part concerns the Catholics' politics at the national level; the second is about the local level. The scholarly understanding of the Catholics as independents is a recent development, one of the results of the county studies. As noted earlier, in the nineteenth and early twentieth century Catholics were pictured as having been among the crown's most obedient subjects. And it was true that the Catholic gentry were often Royalists. But they were a small part (perhaps 5 percent) of the community. Keith Lindley's comments are typical of the more nuanced view that derives from the county studies:
When Catholic royalism is related to Catholics generally in the counties, it is apparent that the Royalists managed to raise only a minority of Catholic support for their body. . . Catholics were not a unified group in this period, but were divided by status and interest, and to some extent they appear to have reacted to the formation of the parties in the same way as their Protestant counterparts.
The laboring Catholics, as depicted in the county studies saw themselves as having nothing to gain in 1639 by having Scotland reduced to an English colony and by imposing a system of bishops on the Scottish church. Nor did they believe there was any advantage to them in the first Civil War in helping the king to overthrow Parliament. Derek Hirst is among those who have shown that Parliament was often responsive to laboring people. Yeomen, including church Catholics, through the ballot exercised considerable influence over public policy.
Among the national policies that made Catholics reluctant to see the crown overthrow Parliament was the tax system. During the 1630s when it ruled without Parliament, the crown imposed a "ship money" tax to fund itself. Many believed this tax and the rule of the crown without Parliament to be illegal. The tax fell heavily on the laboring people, both rural and urban, and was resented, especially by the poor. The playwright Philip Massinger (d. 1640), who bibliographer Joseph Gillow maintains was a Catholic, was popular with laboring people. He was typical of those who protested against the tax. In his play The King and the Subject (1636), which the crown called "insolent" and refused to license, Massinger put the following lines into the tyrannical king's mouth:
Money? We'le raise
supplies what way we please,
And force you to subscribe to the blanks, in which
We'le mulct you as we shall think fit. The Caesars
In Rome were wise, acknowledging no laws
But what their swords did ratify.
In her writings the English Benedictine nun Gertrude More (d. 1633) remarked on the "unjust taxes" inflicted on the people. In 1639 there was a mass refusal among Catholics and Protestants to pay "ship money." Derek Hirst describes the nation-wide opposition to "ship money" taxation that was manifested in the parliamentary elections of 1640:
The likelihood is that the open challenges to aspects of government policy which took place at many of the 1640 elections were not wholly manufactured by the gentry. Unlike ordinary parliamentary taxation, which left the bulk of the population untroubled, ship money hit the pockets of a very extensive social group, and was correspondingly resented.
Not long after Parliament took over, it abolished the "ship money" tax. Beginning in 1643 an assessment tax explicitly on landowners was established as one of Parliament's main sources of revenue. Tenants who paid what was due on account of their farms were entitled to deduct it from the rent. While laboring people had no objections, both the royalist and parliamentary gentry disliked the assessment, which was collected on a weekly and then a monthly basis and which equaled from 15 to 70 percent of the gentry's rent receipts. It was only the New Model Army's threat of rebellion that kept Parliament from repealing the assessment after 1646. The Catholic recusant gentry such as Arthur Tyrer and his wife Margaret in the parish of West Derbie (Liverpool) had a double reason to resent the tax, as it was doubled against them.
That the Catholic tenantry were inclined toward the assessment tax and the parliamentary government which the tax supported can be seen in cases such as that involving the manor of Sowerby Thirsk in Yorkshire. Sowerby Thirsk had enough Catholics that it had its own Catholic school. The manor was owned by the Catholic Thomas Meynell, a "radical encloser" who had been censured by the quarter sessions court as a depopulator. His tenants were probably all Catholic. These included the families of Lawrence Brown and Christopher Hawe, who stopped paying rent to him all together during the Civil War period. His other tenants turned over their rent to the county committee instead of to Meynell. Meynell disliked this. His income was about £500 per year but was normally understated as £40 per year for tax purposes. Meynell was unable to dodge his taxes when his tenants handed over their rent directly to the county committee. In 1647 he called his tenants "vulgar plebeians" because they "presumed to assess the true landlord. . . as thought he had been one of their coridons. . . The lord's rent at Sowerby was never assessed or questioned until these late new times. The bushhopper tenants were never so unkind or foolish to access their lords' rent."
The support which the Catholic tenants at the Sowerby Thirsk manor showed for the Parliamentary tax system, including rejection of landlord rights, was no different from that of many Protestants. Manors were governed by assemblies of tenants, which as David Allen points out in his study of the Puritans at Rowley in Yorkshire, required wide participation, not deference in government. Manors dominated in areas of open field production, such as the north and west of England, where Catholics had their greatest strength. The independence which these manor governments maintained in relation to the landlord order seems to have been antinomian in the sense that the term was used of Protestants during the war. Of course there were also those with social ideas deferential to the gentry. There is a continuing debate about this concerning the Protestants. Certitude about what percentage of Protestants were deferential or independent, or for how long or under what circumstances is not settled. This article cannot expect to establish any better certitudes concerning the Catholics. But it does suggest that evidence from the county studies examined and to be examined here requires a revision in the interpretation that the only social ideas held by laboring Catholics were those of the gentry.
The tithe was another part of the crown's tax system and was no more popular than ship money. It likewise helps account for the Catholics reluctance to see the crown overthrow Parliament in 1642. Both Catholic and Protestant Independents supported the establishment of a voluntary system for maintaining the clergy and the abolition of the tithe. Such a measure was enacted by the Barebones Parliament in November 1653. But the Presbyterian and Anglican minority went to Cromwell and got him to overturn the act. However, Cromwell was not able to prevent the people on their own from substantially reducing the income of the established clergy.
Besides taxation, a national policy that made laboring Catholics unenthusiastic for the royal side in 1642 was the crown's drafting and billeting of troops for the Northern War beginning in 1639. Laboring people, especially the Catholics who lived in the North, were targets of the troop levies and they resented it. The wide-spread refusal to fight among the crown's conscript rank-and-file Catholic troops, which Charles I marched to the Scottish borders, brought him to quick defeat. Edward Varney commented in May 1639, "I dearsay there was never so unwilling an army brought to fight."
On the other hand, as set forth in the county studies, Parliament sometimes found favor with laboring people because as it gained increasing power in the early 1640s, it abolished many crown monopolies and patents, eliminated a number of rotten boroughs to improve Parliament's representativeness, abolished the Star Chamber, which had been used by the crown to control the county justice of the peace network, eliminated the House of Lords in 1647, which was a landlord institution, outlawed slavery (servitude) and the incidents of post-conquest feudal tenures in 1646, released poor debtors from prison, and in some cases allowed the landless to take over royal and common land. Because the peerage was abolished Catholic nobles like Henry Arundell were denied trials in the house of peers. They had to appear in the local courts, which were more accessible and at times more receptive to the needs of laboring Catholic tenants.
Because of such considerations it is not surprising to see in the county studies a not infrequent reference to laboring Catholics who served in the parliamentary army or held offices such as assessor, collector, or magistrate under the parliamentary government. John Hippon was even a member of Cromwell's own regiment in the New Model Army. Hippon referred to himself as a "Catholic and a Parliamentarian." Allen Prickett was a church papist who served first in the trained band for "part of St. Sepulchers parish and other parts adjacent to the city of London" and on March 8, 1642, he joined the parliamentary army. Another was a weaver, who was mentioned by Richard Baxter in his account of the war. Baxter was a chaplain in the same unit with this follower of "Thomas More":
When I came to the Army, among Cromwell's soldiers, I found a new face of things, which I never dreamed of. I heard the plotting heads very hot upon that which intimated their intention to subvert church and state. Independency and anabaptistry were most prevalent; antinomianism and arminianism were equally distributed; and Thomas More's followers (a weaver of Wisbech and Lynn, of excellent parts) had made some shifts to join these two extremes together. . . I perceived that they took the king for a tyrant and an enemy and really intended absolutely to master him or ruin him; They said, what were the Lords of England but William the Conqueror's colonels, or the barons but his majors, or the knights but his captains?
Thomas Clancy, S.J. suggests that after the crown's defeat in 1646, Catholics "overwhelmingly" supported the Independent party within Parliament. This included the Catholic gentry who wished to benefit from the religious toleration offered by the Independents. Charles II complained in 1657 about the support which the Catholics had given Parliament:
It is necessary to take notice of the general temper of the kingdom and of the fact that the majority of the king's friends have an aversion for Catholics. This aversion is a natural consequence of the Catholics having "more than an ordinary zeal for Cromwell."
The community's clergy were not least in using antinomian arguments in resisting the crown. For example, the secular priests William Rushworth and Henry Holden wrote that it was wrong to look to the law and scripture like the pharisee, "We should look to our own hearts: Christ's law is written in a Christian's heart." In justifying the overthrow of the crown, Holden remarked that the royalist "sycophants" did "basely flatter all supreme power and act as if we ought to look upon them as to be worshiped and adored as Gods." One even sees in their pamphlets millennialist ideas about the imminent rule of the saints on earth during which wealth would be redistributed to producers, social injustice would be eradicated for a thousand years prior to the final judgment day and a "third age of the church" would be established.
The laboring Catholics took an independent position because they had little to gain by the crown overthrowing Parliament and because parliamentary programs in some measure served their needs. But most of the community also had nothing to gain by the abolition of the monarchy in 1649. This was the other half of their national policy, besides independency from the crown, where the Catholics followed their own light, which was not unlike the antinomians.
The crown was sometimes seen by laboring people as an asset. The existence and aggression of the crown forced the gentry in Parliament to seek the aid of and make concessions to the working people, especially those in the army, in order to gain their support against the threats of the crown. Some of the concessions that were won by laboring people from Parliament and that can be attributed at least in part to their playing the crown off against the Parliament included toleration of opinion, expanding voting rights, and elimination of taxes that hurt the poor, not the least of which was the excise.
The opposition of laboring people against the excise tax illustrates how they used the crown against Parliament and why some at least took a stand independent of Parliament concerning the king's execution. The excise was a tax on consumer goods and, unlike the assessment, had a direct impact on laboring people in raising prices. It was often protested by the Moderate, which was the newspaper of the leveler movement, although sustained opposition to the tax also came from overseas traders and merchants. Rioting in 1646 and 1647, the opposition of the soldiers in the New Model Army who opposed its application to the poor and their necessities, and the threat that the population would join with the recently defeated Royalists forced Parliament to remove the excise tax on salt and meat in June 1647. The widespread refusal to pay it on other items thereafter lessened its usefulness as a revenue measure.
Because it eliminated some of their leverage against the gentry, opposition to the king's execution came especially from the levelers and artisans, including weavers, painters, and journeymen in the city companies. The Catholics' independent strategy of playing the crown off against Parliament was illustrated when they, including the Catholic gentry, joined the Independents in 1647 in winning increased religious toleration against the wishes of the Presbyterian gentry within the parliamentary party. The Protestant Independents welcomed the Catholics as allies against the Presbyterian sector in Parliament who wished to unify with the recently defeated Royalists. The effectiveness of the Catholics' tactics was reflected in the animosity shown by the Presbyterian gentry who baited Cromwell and the Independents for their neglect to enforce the anti-Catholic laws:
Is not this like the practice of Garnet the Jesuit who did lay his commands on the papists to obey their king and keep themselves quiet, and all in order that the plot might not be suspected? If Cromwell follows Garnet's steps, I would have him take heed of Garnet's end.
Cromwell took pride in stating that citizens of all creeds enjoyed liberty of conscience under his rule, provided they did not use religion as a cloak for rebellion.
There is evidence that Catholics took an independent political position at the local as well as at the national level. The other part of this discussion of the community's political activity concerns the local level. Like the levelers, a sector of the Catholic community turned the Civil War into a war of economic leveling against landlords, monopolists, and enclosers. Illustrative were the troubles which Cecil Calvert and his Arundell in-laws had with their tenants, which seem not to have been unusual. Calvert and the Arundells were Catholics and lived in southwest Wiltshire. Some and probably most of Arundell's tenants were Catholic. The records are silent about the religious denomination of Calvert's tenants, but it was common for a Catholic landlord to have Catholic tenants.
Both Arundell and Calvert identified with the crown and were in large measure leveled during the war. Their tenants took part in the leveling. Derek Hirst finds that assaults on the gentry's houses in the early part of the war were often a pretext for forays against the manorial records. Tenants took the war as an opportunity to settle economic grievances. The leveling in May 1643 of Wardour castle, which was the Arundell's residence, was precipitated by the siege there of Edward Hungerford, Edmund Ludlow, and their parliamentary troops. The Catholic tenants and neighbors took a hand when it came to confiscating from the castle and its surrounding lands some £100,000 worth of cattle, farm animals, tools, furniture, cartloads of fish from ponds that were drained dry, and oak and elms worth £5 per tree that were felled and sold at 4d per tree. Likewise, Cecil Calvert's tenants turned the Civil War into a rebellion against him. The same thing happened in Maryland, where Calvert was the proprietor. In 1645 the Catholic and Protestant laboring people there overthrew Calvert's governor and leveled the landlords. The Maryland Catholics were all born and raised in the English Catholic community. They left an extensive record in their legislation and court cases of the antinomian independent ideas which motivated the leveling.
During the war thousands of gentry houses, woods, and parks in England were plundered and at least 200 houses "of major importance" were reduced to ruins. This looting was directed at both royalist and parliamentary, Catholic and Protestant gentry, and it was natural that the levelers sometimes included Catholic tenantry and laborers. Copyholders and tenants-at-will refused to pay rent or paid less than was customary. They ploughed up the landlord's pastures, put in improper crops, and neglected normal manuring and repairs. Christopher Clay comments, "Tenants threw up their farms, pressed for reductions in rent, ignored husbandry covenants, and encroached on their landlord's rights in other ways." J. P. Cooper documents the "irrecoverable rent arrears piling up." David Underdown quotes as not unusual the complaint by a landlord at seeing the "massive arrears" in rents being run up:
Now men are are lawless, trees and hedges are carried away without controlment; tenants use their landlord how they list for their rents, taking this to be a time of liberty.
Most large landowners according to one study were forced to sell land because of lack of rental income in order to pay their debts and taxes. Many were bankrupted and in counties such as Lancashire that had many Catholics, about half the gentry families disappeared permanently as landlords.
Part of the Catholics' leveling activity at the local level concerned enclosures. Enclosures and depopulation were long-standing grievances among copyholders and tenants-at-will in areas with relatively heavy Catholic concentrations, such as the northern and western part of England. Landlord-dominated courts and parliamentary legislation had allowed land to be confiscated by landlords and turned into pasture on which to raise sheep. In these areas there was more profit for the landlord in wool production than in the income that could be gained by a tenant's production of grain crops. The tenantry's complaint against enclosures was part of the Grand Remonstrance to Parliament in 1641. According to R. C. Richardson, "the central agrarian issue in the English Revolution was whether the landlords or the small farmers should control and develop the wastes."
During the war independent Catholic tenants along with their Protestant counterparts tore down many of the enclosures and retook their land. One of the examples of this involved the Catholic landlords John Wintour and Basil Brooks in Gloucestershire's Forest of Dean. Their tenants in 28 parishes and 24 manors leveled the enclosurers and reoccupied the common land that had been taken from them over the previous quarter century. Many of the levelers were no doubt Catholic.
The community's activity in leveling at the local level extended to the relation of master and servant. During the war servants found opportunities to make use of the political system which had traditionally been unsympathetic to their rights. The masters' world was so turned up-side-down that they sometimes complained of being slaves of their servants. An illustration of a Catholic servant who turned the tables on his master is given in the following account:
There were obvious dangers in sending away discontented servants at a time of national tension. One Lancashire servant "was required to go, as did his master and mistress, to hear a Jesuit preach. He did not go." He was presumably dismissed as a consequence. Naturally enough he turned informer. "As these times go," one lord was told by his son in similar circumstances, "all servants are masters, and we their slaves."
To the claim made by some masters that the master-servant relation was God-ordained, unchangeable, and not subject to contractual rights by laboring people, Thomas White voiced the belief of the laborer, "None think a husbandman, who is hired to till or fence a piece of ground, obeys the hirer more than he that sells a piece of cloth obeys the buyer, because he takes his money; but they are said to contract and perform their part of the bargain." White praised those who stood up to undue market domination, as he put it, "seeing their labors disposed on to people, of whom they have opinion that they are idle, vicious and unworthy, therefore desire freedom from such a yoke and become masters of their own goods and labors." He pointed out:
What are people better than a herd of sheep or oxen, if they be owned, like them, by masters? What difference is there between their masters selling them to the butcher, and obliging them to venture their lives and livelihoods for his private interest?
The community's leveling also extended to the support of market regulations against monopolists and landlords. During the period Catholics no less than Protestants supported legislation and, when necessary, rioting and armed struggle to make the market more responsive to their needs. Their achievements extended to the termination of foreign and domestic trade monopolies in cloth, and the public regulation of dealers in grain, cattle, cheese, candles, beer, port, and sheepskin. They helped increase through their parish governments the provision of jobs for the unemployed and job training in industries such as the spinning and weaving of wool, fisheries, municipal brewhouses, draining of fens, and working up of flax. Catholic coalminers, apprentices, and field workers helped gain legislation that limited the amount of time they worked.
Thomas White was one of those who echoed the laboring Catholic antinomians in articulating the community's reasons for supporting the measures taken against private interests that subordinated the market at the expense of the public:
When I see the same person work for a commonwealth, in a free way doing it good, and again for a private person, I see a vast distance between his pretended ends. There is an eminent generosity in one over the other. Whence, I believe it comes that heroes and heroical virtues are chiefly taken in respect of doing good to the whole society.
When I see it thought that good is the same, I find it an intricate labyrinth of equivocation wherein we endless err. To cry the common good is a mere deceit and flattery of words unless we can show that the common good is as great to us as we make it sound.
White's defense of market regulation was part of what Hirst calls the philosophy of the "ordered, inter-dependent commonwealth," which had favor among the Independents.
Most of the community were laboring people. As noted there were some that were characterized by a servile deference and who acted against their own economic interests or found it in their interests to hold that the established landlord order in church and state was God's design, and that obedience to it was a sacred duty. This was not the doctrine that Rome was teaching at the time, so far as England was concerned, but versions of this doctrine were voiced by the royalist Catholic gentry. If it is not surprising to find some who identified with the gentry, it should also not be surprising to find that many resisted ship money taxes, tithes, enclosurers, rent, and market monopoly. That they would have been attracted to the antinomian ideas that were part of resistance should be no less surprising.
Labor Value. The labor theory of value is the other aspect of the Catholic's social ideas, besides antinomianism, about which the Civil War period seems to offer some evidence. Arguably, the community's antinomianism was itself testimony to their positive ideas about labor. Behind the defense of their independence during the Civil War, the Catholics at Sowerby Thirsk, or the Forest of Dean, or Wardour Castle had class interests: a defense of their labor. They made the war an opportunity to distribute back to themselves some of the wealth which their labor had created. One should probably expect that in class-divided societies, the social ideas of laboring people will generally have the two elements of interest in this article. That is, resistance, which in seventeenth-century terms included antinomianism and the labor theory of value: labor creates value and it is God's plan for the universe that labor should enjoy its fruit. St. Paul (2Th. 3:10) put it negatively: those who do not work, which in the seventeenth-century were the gentry, should not eat.
It was the classical political economists who defined labor value in a scientific manner. The seventeenth-century Catholic community was not generally concerned about formulating a scientific theory of economic activity, but as Ronald Meek points out, throughout the period the "habit of thinking of `value' in terms of producers' cost remained firmly rooted in the consciousness of the direct producers themselves." Not only direct producers but employers and merchants generally held the idea that their income derived solely from their own labor. Meek writes:
It very often happened at this time that the employers of labor had risen from the ranks of the direct producers and still participated more or less actively in the actual process of production. Therefore they naturally persisted in regarding the differences between their paid-out costs and the price they received for their commodities as a sort of superior "wage" for their own personal efforts rather than as a "profit" on the capital, often very meager, which they had supplied. Even when such employers came to confine themselves to merely supervisory functions, it might still seem plausible to speak of their net reward, as so many economists at this time actually did of it, as the "wages of superintendence."
It was because the earnings of merchants who profited from stock investments were commonly associated with labor, that Adam Smith in the eighteenth century went to considerable lengths to show that the profits of stock were not "the wages of a particular sort of labor, the labor of inspection or direction," but were "all together different," being "regulated by quite different principles."
It might appear that ideas affirming the value of labor were so commonplace that it deserves little comment. But in the context of the seventeenth-century English Catholic community, the value of labor was often contested by the landlord class. In their educational, political, and cultural institutions, the gentry devoted considerable resources toward minimizing the role of labor in society and toward glorifying themselves and their life of "living idle and without labor." The negative ideas about labor promoted by the Catholic gentry probably accounts for the notion which still echoes of the "Protestant work ethic." Protestants, not Catholics, had positive ideas about labor.
Just as the county studies have turned on its head the perception of the Catholic community as being gentry, so one can find in these same studies evidence for revising the notion that the community held gentry ideas about labor. As reflected in their work-lives, in their political and religious activity, and in their pamphlet literature, most Catholics had positive ideas about labor, both as a means to an end and as a way of life. The "Protestant ethic" was also the "Catholic ethic." But as Laura O'Connell and Paul Seaver point out concerning the Puritans, the work ethic was not necessarily the capitalist ethic. Despite Max Weber, the capitalist ethic was too often that of the privileged monopoly companies, which achieved wealth, as the Catholic and Protestant laboring people complained, through unjust wages and prices, and through excessive profits. The capitalist ethic, as the pamphlet literature put it, involved robbing laboring people of the fruit of their labor.
The community's ideas about labor are perhaps best seen in their pamphlet literature, songs, cultic activities, patron saints, feast days, street pageants, pilgrimages, and prayers, which celebrated labor. In the rural areas the Catholics many symbolic rituals were generally related to the productive cycle, that is the harvest year. These rituals glorified labor and productivity. For example, Lady Day (March 25) marked the initiation of sowing and was the first day of the year in the old calendar. Michaelmas (September 29) was the beginning of reaping. Martinmas (November 11) was the original harvest and thanksgiving day celebrating the filled barns and stocked larders. On Martinmas the farming people went to mass and observed the rest of the day with games, dances, parades, and a festive dinner, the main feature of which was the traditional roasted goose (Martin's goose). The rituals of the Catholic laboring people included a cycle of eight feast-days, distributed throughout the year at intervals of about six weeks: Christmas, the first Sunday of lent, Easter, Whitsun, St. Peter and Paul (June 29), the Assumption (August 15), Michaelmas (September 29), and All Saints (November 1).
Rural religion among both Catholics and Protestants was characterized by work-related songs, ballads, and jigs, which were sung while laboring. These songs concerned among other things, cultivated crops set in straight rows, well-kept homesteads, and satisfaction with the completion of the days' labor. Perhaps also in the category of celebrating productivity were the Whitsun Ales, may-poles, morris dancing, village pipers, plays and drama, and pilgrimages. The May festival commemorated full spring and nature's triumph, when the crops were beginning to come up and trees stood in their early foliage and flowers blossomed in abundance. Cottages were adorned with flowers and the branches of pale-green tender leaves. A "May Queen" was chosen by vote of the young men, who led a procession to the place of the spring festival, where she presided over the celebration. She was often crowned with a wreath of flowers and held a wooden scepter adorned with flowers in her hand.
These customs in seventeenth-century England were strong in Catholic areas, such as Lancashire and North Riding and were led by among others, Catholic laboring people. Frederich Blundell remarks that both Catholic adults and their children enjoyed dancing around the maypole and flowering the marl (fertilizer) pits. Part of the festival included children burning their puppets with great solemnity.
In urban areas also, Catholic artisans celebrated their craft skills and labors on religious feast days in the common hall of their companies. Every profession of men and women had its own patron saint whose productive virtues were held up for emulation. Pride in labor was manifested in coats of arms: cloth workers had a coat of arms with a tezel on it, merchant taylors had one with a robe, grocers a clove, merchant-adventurers an anchor. Such religion dated back to the pre-Reformation era, the guild system, and confraternities. Guild priests were those who were employed by the guild and looked to the needs of laboring people. The relative strength of Catholicism within some of the northern coal-mining communities was due to traditional habits like the observance of saints' days by coal miners.
Besides their feast days, rituals, customs, and saints, the value in which Catholics held their labor was reflected in the apparently widely held idea that labor accounted for progress and civilization. It was taught within the community that without those like Tubal Cain, the iron worker, hammer-smith, and founder of the guild of metal-workers, described in Genesis 4:22 and Ecclesiasticus, "there can be no civilization." Labor was an honor wrote a Catholic pamphleteer:
Some say London is a place of vice and should be reduced to servility. But they are wrong. Industry and civil virtue are the lawful things of this life. Their nearest object is honor and honest wealth. It is a foul note to brand them as associated with bondage, or give them any the least disparagement at all. The ancient excellent policy of England did and does constitute corporations of artisans and adorns companies with banners of arms.
One sees a positive view of labor in the community's catechism, written by Thomas White in 1637 and published several times during the Civil War period. White pictured God as a producer, the maker of the universe. The same image was used elsewhere about Jesus and his followers, "Each in scripture has a trade and exercises it daily," Paul the tentmaker, Peter the fisherman, Joseph the carpenter. Kings, bishops, and popes claimed their positions were God's charism. The community claimed their own skills were God's charism:
The virtuous industrious are to be cherished, yea, God himself (the only best pattern of governors) has made it known, that mechanical qualities are his special gifts and his infused, as it were charismata.
Genealogy, a favorite theme used by the the gentry to justify itself, was made to honor labor: "Scripture not only makes the skill of laboring people immortally famous, but puts down their parentage, and birth places in contrast to that of many princes. Thus in Hiram's case (1 Kings 7:13-47; 2 Chronicles 2:14), the brass-founder's family is recorded." According to the London Catholic lawyer Edward Bolton, Solomon was satisfied with nothing less than the best in building the temple. This was because there was a religious quality in work well done. Thus Hiram, who was not even a Jew, but was an artisan of great skill, was asked to come from Tyre to make the bronze pillars for the temple.
Scripture that was quoted within the community included that about Noah, the ark builder, and Genesis 4:20, which honored Jabel (Iabel), the father of agricultural husbandry: "Moses put into eternal monuments that Jabel was pater pastorum, the most ancient of increase." At one point Edward Bolton compiled a list of various "secondary" trades given praise in the bible, such as iron workers, hammer-smiths, engravers, furniture makers, and metal founders. He remarked that if these non-essentials were delighted in by God, how much more were the essential trades to be honored:
If then such honor be done by God not only to those which are necessary hand-crafts, but to those also which are but the handmaid of magnificence and outward splendor, as engravers, metal founders and the like, he shall be very hardy who shall embrace honest industry with disgraceful censures, and too unjust who shall not cherish, or encourage it with praise and worship.
Protestant and Catholic laboring people shared these ideas about labor. This was despite efforts at times to outlaw such ideas by both the established church and the Roman establishment. One of the objections raised by some Protestant clergy to these traditions was that the religion of laboring people was based more on popular "Catholic" devotions than on scripture, that is, as the leveler Gerard Winstanley pointed out, upon scripture as interpreted by the established clergy who had little regard for labor. Christopher Haigh maintains that the hierarchy and landlords attempted without much success to replace "socially-minded" religion with an easily manipulated type of personal devotion. As a substitute for laboring saints, the seventeenth-century Catholic hierarchy offered a list of Roman ecclesiastical saints, such as popes, bishops, and members of religious orders. But these were not popular.
From the perspective offered by the county studies, it is just about impossible to distinguish the Catholics from the Protestants concerning their ideas about labor. John Bossy summarizes his study by stating that Catholic opinions were "perfectly compatible with an entrepreneurial approach to agriculture or anything else." In his study of the Yorkshire community, Hugh Aveling finds the Catholics were prospering in every part of the county because of their love for labor and skills at husbandry, crafts, estate management, trade, or the professions. Catholic improvers such as Richard Weston of Surrey and Robert Wintour of Gloucestershire wrote scientific treatises on how to increase crop productivity in sandy soil by planting flax, turnips, and clover. In his 1650 treatise Weston expressed the idea that God wanted and favored husbandry. In Wintour's writings, agrarian husbandry was called the root of all riches.
Edward Bolton's 1629 Cities Advocate, which has already been quoted, defended those such as himself who worked for a living. He held up for emulation Martin Calthorpe, who started out as an apprentice, became mayor of London, and to whose skills even Queen Elizabeth had paid homage:
Queen Elizabeth acknowledged Martin Calthorpe, the Lord Mayor of London, who started as apprentice. I pray to resemble the worthies of this city, out of whatever obscure parentage, than being descended of great nobles, to fall by vice far beneath the reckoning of the poorest prentiser.
Even some of the Catholic gentry such as the Winthams at Cliffe, the Yoward, Crosland, and Wycliffe families, and Thomas Middleton of Stockeld took an active role in managing and improving their estates. Bertrum Bulmer of Wilton, who was one of the trustees for the funds of the secular clergy, started a lead mine at Marrick in the 1630s and the Lawson family started a coal mine about the same time. Hugh Smithson of Cowton Grange was a yeoman and tenant of Anthony Cotterick. He went to London, prospered in the haberdasher trade, returned to the county in 1638, and bought a farm called Stanwick from his former landlord. Among the Yorkshire professional families were many Catholics: the Applebys of Clove Lodge, the Swales and Inglebys of Rudby, the Jacksons of Knayton, the Pudseys and the Metcalfes of Hood, the Tophams, Lawsons, and Pudseys, all of whom had successive generations of lawyers. Ambrose Appleby did well enough in the law that he bought farms at Larrington and Linton on Ouse in 1640. Two of his sons were ejected from Gray's Inn in London in 1638 for persistent non-communicating. Solomon Swale of Grinton entered Gray's Inn in 1630 and his son went there in 1648. Among the professional Catholic women was Jane Grange who ran a private school at Bedale and was also a housewife. Aveling sums up his study by saying that "there was no universal or necessary connection between Puritanism, the `new gentry' or officials, and economic progressiveness--and, in fact, comparatively little actual connection."
Conclusion. To sum up, this article has looked at the English Civil War period for evidence about the social ideas among the post-Reformation Catholic laboring people. The county studies have established the community's laboring nature. This article has suggested that in the county studies one can find the presence of social ideas, including antinomianism and the labor theory of value. As noted earlier, one can also find that ignorance or deferential servility or self-interest or "conservative cultural localism" persuaded some post-Reformation laboring people to adopt the gentry's social ideas, which stressed obedience to the established order and God's special love for the gentry. But this was not the case for many laboring Catholics such as at Sowerby Thirsk, Wardour Castle, or the Forest of Dean. They found it in their interest to be in opposition to their landlords. Their political and ecclesiastical policies along with their feast days, patron saints, and pamphlet literature hint at the presence of social ideas that were not derivative from but which taught liberation from the landlord order.
The community's social ideas about resistance to the established order were at significant times not unlike those of the antinomian Independents, especially the levelers, who believed they were oppressed by taxes, rents, market relations, and similar burdens. Along with and part of their resistance were ideas about the value of labor and laboring people. A. L. Morton's remarks about the levelers might also be said of many Catholics:
A party that held the center of the stage for three of the most crucial years in our nation's history, voiced the aspiration of the unprivileged masses, and was able to express with such force ideas that have been behind every great social advance since their time, cannot be regarded as wholly a failure or deserve to be wholly forgotten.
The following review the historiography and demography of the Catholics in the Civil War period: Caroline Hibbard, "Early Stuart Catholicism: Revision and Re-Revision," Journal of Modern History, 52 (1980), 4; Edward Toby Terrar, "Social, Economic, and Religious Beliefs Among Maryland Catholic Laboring People During the Period of the English Civil War, 1639-1660," unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of California at Los Angeles, 1991, pp. 34-66. Those who have led in revising the picture of the community include Hugh Aveling, O.S.B., B. G. Blackwood, John Bossy, John Cliffe, Arthur Fletcher, J. M. Gratton, Christopher Haigh, J. A. Hilton, Keith Lindley, John Morrill, Peter Newman, C. B. Phillips, J. T. Pickles, David Underdown, and Anthony Williams.
Christopher R. Hallpike, The Foundations of Primitive Thought (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979), pp. 35-36.
Robin Biggs, "Idées and Mentalités: The Case of the Catholic Reform Movement in France," History of European Ideas, 7 (1986), 12. While not rejecting the idées-- mentalités dichotomy, Biggs argues that it is more complex than it is often presented and that the assumptions and styles of thought of the educated in seventeenth-century France were at certain points as much mentalités as anything attributed to the uneducated.
Those Anglicans who did serve in the poorer areas were sometimes non-residents or pluralists, meaning they held incomes and responsibilities for two or more parishes. John Bossy, The English Catholic Community, 1570-1850 (London: Darton, Longman and Todd), 1975), p. 193, estimates the English Catholic population increased by one-half, from 40,000 to 60,000, between 1603 and 1641. A similar growth occurred in Ireland. Two-thirds of the Catholic clergy lived in the south and east of England and had no relation to the bulk of the Catholic community. They served as house chaplains and tutors to the gentry, who were a small percentage of the Catholic population. But the other third of the clergy exercised an itinerant and congregational ministry with fruitful results. See Christopher Haigh, "From Monopoly to Minority: Catholicism in Early Modern England," Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 31 (1981), pp. 138, 145.
Terrar, "Social, Economic, and Religious Beliefs," pp. 15-34, outlines the treatment of anti-Catholicism in the county histories. The literature on church Catholicism includes Anne Whiteman, "Introduction," The Compton Census of 1676: A Critical Edition (London: Oxford University Press, 1986), pp. lxxvi, xxxiii; E. Elliot Rose, Cases of Conscience: Alternatives Open to Recusants and Protestants Under Elizabeth and James (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976), pp. 5, 11; Christopher Haigh, "The Continuity of Catholicism in the English Reformation," The English Reformation Revised (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987), p. 207; Christopher Haigh, "The Fall of a Church or the Rise of a Sect? Post-Reformation Catholicism in England" Historical Journal, 21 (1978), 184-185; D. S. Reid, "P. R. Newman and the Durham Protestation," Recusant History, 15 (1979), 371.
A. L. Morton, "Introduction," Freedom in Arms: A Selection of Leveler Writings (New York: International Publishers, 1974), p. 23.
Quoted in ibid., p. 27.
Toby Terrar, "A `Preferential Option for the Rich': Moral Theology Among English Roman Catholic Gentry During the Civil War Period of the 1640s," Paradigms: Theological Trends of the Future, 7 (Summer 1991), 1-33.
Among those who see antinomianism as both a material and a spiritual doctrine are Christopher Hill, Gertrude Huehns, Charles Francis Adams, and a general tendency in Civil War antinomian leveler tracts. The leveler Gerald Winstanley (d. 1652), as quoted in Richard Greaves, "Revolutionary Ideology in Stuart England: The Essays of Christopher Hill," Church History, 56 (1987), 97, taught that antinomians were concerned with the "here and now," that is, rent free land, not merely about the next life or the Holy Spirit. Charles Francis Adams, Three Episodes of Massachusetts History (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, and Co., 1903), pp. 366-367, writes that the antinomian controversy in seventeenth-century Massachusetts cannot be properly appreciated if it is approached from a theological point of view. Emery Battis, Saints and Sectaries: Anne Hutchinson and The Antinomian Controversy in Massachusetts (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1962), pp. 286, 346, looks at antinomianism from a class and psychological perspective.
Christopher Hill, The Collected Essays of Christopher Hill: Religion and Politics in Seventeenth-Century England (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1986), vol. 2, p. 174.
"Ordinance against Heresie" (Nov. 20, 1646), in Henry Scobell (ed.), A Collection of Acts and Ordinances of General Use, Made in the Parliament, 1640-1656 (2 vols., London: Henry Mills,  1658), pp. 2, 150, cap. 114.
Gertrude Huehns, Antinomianism in English History with special reference to the Period, 1640-1660 (London: Cresset Press, 1951), p. 5.
Jodi Bilinkoff, The Avila of Saint Teresa: Religious Reform in a Sixteenth-Century City (New York: Cornell University Press, 1989), p. 191. Jesuit priests Balthasar Alvarez (d. 1580), Antonio Cordeses (d. 1601), Louis Lallemant (d. 1635), and Luis de la Puerte (d. 1624) also perhaps belong with the antinomians. See John O'Malley, "Early Jesuit Spirituality: Spain and Italy," Christian Spirituality: Post-Reformation and Modern, ed. Louis Dupré and Dom E. Saliers (New York: Crossroad, 1989), vol. 18, pp. 15-16; Luis de la Puente, Vida del V. P. Baltasar Alvarez de la compañia de Jesus (Madrid: Aguardo,  1880), pp. 135-144, 441-451 [The Life of Father B. Alvarez (2 vols., London: 1868)]; Puente, Meditations upon the Mysteries of our Holie Faith (1605), trans. John Heigham (1619) reprinted in English Recusant Literature (London: Scolar Press, 1976) vols. 296-297; abridged trans. Thomas Everard, S.J. (1624) reprinted in ibid., vol. 295.
James Gaffney, Augustine Baker's Inner Light: A Study in English Recusant Spirituality (Scranton, Pa.: University of Scranton Press, 1989), p. 72.
Among the other antinomian writers were William Rushworth (d. 1636), Rushworth's Dialogue, or, the Judgment of Common Sense in the Choice of Religion (Paris: n.p., 1640), pp. 555-556; John Austin (1613-1669), The Christian Moderator (first part), or Persecution for religion condemned by the light of Nature, Law of God, Evidence of our own principles, with the explanation of the Roman Catholic belief, concerning these four points: their church, worship, justification and civil government (London: printed for J. J., published twice in 1651, twice in 1652 and three times in 1653), p. 73; Henry Holden, The Analysis of Divine Faith: or two Treatises of the resolution of Christian Belief (Paris: n. p., [1652, 1655], 1658), p. 358.
White was "in control" of the chapter, as Bossy, English Catholic Community, p. 67, puts it, though the nominal leader was John Sergeant. Robert Bradley, S.J., "Blacklo and the Counter-Reformation: An Inquiry into the Strange Death of Catholic England," From the Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation Essays in Honor of Garrett Mattingly, ed. Charles Carter (New York: Random House, 1965), pp. 349-350, states, "Few English Catholics of that century had such an impact on their contemporaries as Thomas White had." The Catholic priest George Leyburn, "A List of the More Noteworthy Priests who are to be Found at Present among the English Secular Clergy," in The Douay College Diaries, 1598-1654, ed. Edwin Burton (London: Catholic Record Society, 1911), vol. 11, pp. 547-548, 550, remarked at the time on the "zeal" which Catholics had for White, his "wonderful influence," and his being looked to as an "oracle." See also, T. A. Birrell, "English Catholics without a Bishop, 1655-1676," Recusant History, 4 (1958), 142, 161.
Robert Pugh (1610-1679), (ed.), "Introduction," Blacklo's Cabal Discovered in Several of their Letters, ed. re-edited, T. A. Birrell (Farnborough, Eng.: Gregg International Publishers, , 1970), p. 3.
Roger Coke, Justice Vindicated from the False Fusus put upon it by Thomas White (London: Thomas Newcomb, 1660), section 2, p. 53.
Joseph Gillow (ed.), "Thomas White," A Literary and Biographical History or Bibliographical Dictionary of the English Catholics from the Breach with Rome in 1534 to the Present Time (5 vols., London: Burns and Oates, 1885-1902), vol. 5, p. 578-581.
Thomas Collier, The Morrow of Christianity (London: 1646), pp. 60-61.
Thomas White, The Grounds of Obedience and Government: Being the Best Account to All that has been Lately Written in Defense of Passive Obedience and Non-Resistance (Farnsborough, Eng.: Gregg International Publishers, [1649, 1655, 1659, 1685], 1968), pp. 22, 25. Augustine Baker, Holy Wisdom or Directions for the Prayer of Contemplation, ed. G. Sitwell (London: Burns and Oates,  1964), pp. 40-41, 475-476, was antinomian in teaching that it was necessary to look to the "inner light," the "inward voice," "the illumination of God's Holy Spirit," "the liberty of the Spirit," and "in preferring interior divine guidance to the counsel of spiritual directors." See also, Gaffney, Augustine Baker's Inner Light, pp. 22, 31-32, 44, 50-51, 93, 158; Augustine Baker, The Inner Life and Writings of Dame Gertrude More, ed. B. Weld-Blundell (London: R. and T. Washbourne, 1937); Gertrude More (d. 1633), The Holy Practice of a Divine Lover or the Saint's Idiot's Devotion, ed. H. Lane Fox (London: Sands and Co., 1909).
Thomas White, Apology for Rushworth's Dialogues, wherein the Exceptions of the Lords Falkland and Digby are Answered and the Arts of their commended Daille discovered (Paris: Chez Jean Billain, 1654), pp. 64-66.
Albert R. Jonsen, The Abuse of Casuistry: A History of Moral Reasoning (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988), p. 236.
Hugh Aveling, O.S.B., Northern Catholics: The Catholic Recusants of the North Riding, Yorkshire, 1558-1790 (London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1966), pp. 303, 317.
John McNeill, A History of the Cure of Souls (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1951), p. 291.
Terrar, "Social, Economic, and Religious Beliefs," pp. 135-139, outlines the literature dealing with England's relation to Rome.
Leyburn, "A List of the More Noteworthy Priests," vol. 11, p. 549.
Ibid., p. 547.
Ibid., p. 548.
Christopher Haigh, The English Reformation Revised (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987), p. 195. The training for clergy at Catholic seminaries such as Douai was not for conversion but for ministering to pre-existing Catholics.
Thomas Sanchez, S.J., Opus Morale in Praecepta Decalogi (2 vol., Paris: n.p., 1615); Robert Persons, S.J., A Brief Discourse containing certain reasons why Catholics refuse to go to church (Douai: John Lyon, 1580).
Terrar, "Social, Economic, and Religious Beliefs," pp. 82-124, discusses the recent literature concerning the community's politics.
Keith Lindley, "The Lay Catholics of England in the Reign of Charles I," Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 22 (1971), 220.
Joan Wake, The Brudenells of Deene (London: Casell, 1954), p. 126, states:
There was no sympathy with the king's determination to inflict a prayer-book of his and Laud's devising and a bench of bishops into the bargain on the Scottish church.
Derek Hirst, The Representative of the People? Voters in England under the Early Stuarts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975), pp. 7, 19, 29, 32-33.
Ibid., pp. 30-34, 153, 157.
Cyrus Karraker, The Seventeenth-Century Sheriff: A Comparative Study of the Sheriff in England and the Chesapeake Colonies, 1607-1689 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1930), p. 57; Stephen Dowell, A History of Taxation and Taxes in England From the Earliest Times to the Present Day (4 vols., London: Longmans, Green,  1888), vol. 1, pp. 217-222.
Gillow "Philip Massinger," A Literary and Biographical History, vol. 5, p. 525, discusses Massinger's alleged Catholicism. Doris Adler, Philip Massinger (Boston: Twayne Pub., 1987), p. 74, discusses Massinger's popularity with laboring people. His plays were put on at London's Red Bull and Phoenix. His popular acceptance contrasted with the dislike of the plays by William Davenant, a royalist Catholic. Davenant's plays, which were put on at Blackfriars, flattered the crown.
Philip Massinger, The King and the Subject, later called The Bashful Lover, in Three New Plays: The Bashful Lover, etc. (London: Humphrey Moseley, 1655); see also, Doris Adler, Philip Massinger, p. 115; Kevin Sharp, Criticism and Compliment: the Politics of Literature in the England of Charles I (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987), p. 247.
Gaffney, Augustine Baker's Inner Light, p. 104.
G. E. Aylmer, Rebellion or Revolution: England from Civil War to Restoration (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), p. 6. George Harrison, "Royalist Organization in Wiltshire, 1642-1646," unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of London, 1963, p. 137, gives examples of even Catholic royalist gentry who did not pay the tax.
Hirst, Representative of the People, p. 150; see also, pp. 157-158, 173-174.
Christopher Clay," Landlords and Estate Management in England," The Agrarian History of England and Wales: 1640-1750, ed. Joan Thirsk (Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1985), vol. 5, pt. 2, p. 120; Aylmer, Rebellion or Revolution, p. 20.
Clay," Landlords and Estate Management," pp. 122-123; Clive Holmes, The Eastern Association in the Civil War (Cambridge: University Press, 1974), p. 271, note 46.
Ann Hughes, "Militancy and Localism: Warwickshire Politics and Westminster Politics, 1643-1647," Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 3 (1981), 67.
Aveling, Northern Catholics, p. 303; Frederick Blundell, Old Catholic Lancashire (3 vols., London: Burns and Oates, 1941), vol. 1, p. 55.
Aveling, Northern Catholics, p. 296.
Thomas Meynell, "The Recusancy Papers of the Meynell Family," Miscellanea, ed. Hugh Aveling (Newport, Eng.: Catholic Record Society, 1964), vol. 56, pp. xiv, xxxvii, 84-85; Aveling, Northern Catholics, pp. 212, 234, 274, 316-317.
Aveling, Northern Catholics, pp. 215, 220.
Meynell, "Recusancy Papers," vol. 56, pp. 78-79; Aveling, "Introduction to the Recusancy Papers," in Meynell, "The Recusancy Papers," p. xxxvii.
David Allen, In English Ways: The Movement of Societies and the Transferal of English Local Law and Customs to Massachusetts Bay in the Seventeenth Century (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1981), p. 38.
Underdown, Revel, Riot and Rebellion, pp. 9-10, 107, focuses on deference among Protestant laboring people. Hughes, "Militancy and Localism: Warwickshire Politics and Westminster Politics," p. 58, on the other hand, studies, among others, laboring people who had their own social ideas and used military force at the local level to defend their ideas against the gentry. Likewise Harrison, "Royalist Organization in Wiltshire," pp. 371, 389-392, 409-411, 430, shows that in Wiltshire the gentry were unable to prevent great numbers of desertions from both armies. The clubmen were a significant force in the county after 1644. Some of the clubmen were royalist landlords, but they were unable to persuade laboring clubmen to fight for the Royalists. The best they could do was to prevent both royalist and parliamentary garrisons from plundering.
Christopher Hill, God's Englishman: Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution (London: 1970), pp. 133-135; Eric Evans, "Tithes" The Agrarian History of England and Wales: 1640-1750, ed. Joan Thirsk (Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1985), vol. 5, pt. 2, p. 394; Margaret James, "The Political Importance of the Tithes Controversy in the English Revolution, 1640-1660," History, 26 (1941), 11; A. D. Wright, "Catholic History, North and South, Revisited," Northern History, 25 (1989), 127; Rosemary O'Day and Anne Hughes, "Augmentation and Amalgamation: was there a Systematic Approach to the Reform of Parochial Finance, 1640-1660," Princes and Paupers in the English Church, 1500-1800, ed. Rosemary O'Day and F. Heal (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1981), pp. 169-193. The demands of Catholic laboring people for the abolition of tithes went back at least several hundred years and was one of the complaints raised by the Lollards. See Margaret Aston, "Lollardy and Sedition, 1381-1431," Past and Present, no. 17 (1960), 9, 16.
Rosemary O'Day, "The Anatomy of a Profession: The Clergy of the Church of England," The Professions in Early Modern England, ed. Wilfrid Prest (London: Crown Helm, 1987), p. 54.
Hirst, Representative of the People, p. 151; William Habington, History of Edward the Fourth, King of England (London: Thomas Cotes, 1640), pp. 1, 8.
G. H. Tupling, "Causes of the Civil War in Lancashire," Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, 65 (1955), 16, 29-30.
Edward Varney, quoted in Charles H. Firth, Cromwell's Army: A History of the English Soldier During the Civil War, Commonwealth and the Protectorate (London: Meuthen,  1962), p. 13.
Hirst, Representative of the People, pp. 3, 7; Margo Todd, Christian Humanism and the Puritan Social Order (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), p. 258; Charles H. Firth and R. S. Rait (eds.), Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660 (3 vols., London: H. M. Stationary Office, 1911), vol. 2, pp. 240-241, 378-379, 582, 785.
Arundell, for example, fell victim to the local Wiltshire county court and resented its jurisdiction over him. See George Cokayne, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland, ed. Vicar Gibbs (12 vols., New York: St. Martins Press, 1984), vol. 1, p. 264.
Terrar, "Social, Economic, and Religious Beliefs," pp. 85-95, gives a description of some of the parliamentary Catholics found in the county studies.
John Hippon, "Examination before the Westminster Justice of the Peace" (June 21, 1654), Harleian Miscellany (London: White Murray, and Harding, 1813), vol. 10, pp. 210-215, as cited in Keith Lindley, "The Part Played by Catholics in the Civil War," Politics, Religion and the English Civil War, ed. Brian Manning (London: Edward Arnold, 1973), p. 174.
John Waite and John Bickers, "Petition" (March 8, 1642), House of Lords Archives, cited in Keith Lindley, "The Part Played by Catholics in the English Civil War," unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Manchester, 1968, p. 249.
Richard Baxter (1615-1691), Reliquiae Baxterianae (1696), reprinted in Charles Blitzer (ed.), The Commonwealth of England: Documents of the English Civil Wars, The Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1641-1660 (New York: G. P. Putnam, 1963), p. 29. See also Firth, Cromwell's Army, p. 328.
Thomas Clancy, S.J. "The Jesuits and the Independents, 1647," Archivium Historicum Societatis Jesu, 40 (1971), 67-68.
Charles II, "Letter to Cardinal de Retz" (July 1658), Calendar of the Clarendon State Papers Preserved in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, ed. F. J. Routledge (4 vols., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932), vol. 4, p. 56; see also, Charles II, "Four Memorials to Don Juan" (Dec. 22, 1656), ibid., vol. 3, p. 1, which criticized the Catholics because many were "corrupted."
William Rushworth, Rushworth's Dialogue, or, the Judgment of Common Sense in the Choice of Religion (Paris: n.p., 1640), pp. 555-556; see also, Austin, Christian Moderator, (first part), p. 73.
Holden, The Analysis of Divine Faith, p. 358.
S. W., A Vindication of the Doctrine in Pope Benedict XII, his Bull, and the General Councils of Florence Concerning the State of Dependent Souls, wherein the purposes of Master White's lately maintained Purgatory is laid open (Paris: n.p., 1659), pp. 140-141, condemned the millennial doctrine of Thomas White, who denied there was immediate judgment after death. Judgment would come only with the millennium.
Morton, "Introduction," Freedom in Arms, p. 52; Michael Braddick, "Popular Politics and Public Policy: The Excise Riot at Smithfield in February 1647 and Its Aftermath," The Historical Journal, 34 (Spring 1991), 604.
Morton, "Introduction," Freedom in Arms, p. 59; David Underdown, Revel, Riot and Rebellion: Popular Politics and Culture in England, 1603-1660 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987), p. 43-44.
Anonymous, Works of Darkness Brought to Light (July 23, 1647), cited in Samuel Gardiner, History of the Great Civil War, 1642-1649 (4 vols., London: Longmans, Green, 1891), vol. 3, p. 148.
Godfrey Davies, The Early Stuarts: 1603-1660 (2nd ed., Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959), pp. 208-210; Joseph Lecler, Toleration and Reformation, trans. T. L. Westow (2 vols., New York: Associated Press, 1960), vol. 2, p. 456; Avihu Zakai, "Religious Toleration and Its Enemies: The Independent Divines and the Issue of Toleration During the English Civil War," Albion, 21 (Spring 1989), 1-7; Rosemary Bradley, "`Jacob and Esau Struggling in the Womb': A Study of Presbyterian and Independent Religious Conflicts, 1640-1648," unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Kent, 1975; J. K. Graham, "`Independent' and `Presbyterian': A Study of Religious and Political Language and the Politics of Words during the English Civil War, 1640-1660," unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Washington University, 1978; Claire Cross, "The Church in England: 1646-1660," in Aylmer (ed.), Interregnum, p. 113.
J. Anthony Williams, Catholic Recusancy in Wiltshire, 1660-1791 (Newport, Eng.: Catholic Record Society, 1968), pp. 201-202.
B. G. Blackwood, "Plebian Catholics in Later Stuart Lancashire," Northern History, 25 (1989), 158; Christopher Hill, Society and Puritanism in Pre-Revolutionary England (New York: Schocken Books, 1967), p. 44; Bossy, English Catholic Community, pp. 174-177; Aveling, Northern Catholics, pp. 217, 231, 286; David Mosler, "Warwickshire Catholics in the Civil War," Recusant History, 15 (1980), 262; J. A. Hilton, "The Recusant Commons in the Northeast, 1570-1642," Northern Catholic History, no. 12 (Autumn 1980), p. 5.
Hirst, Representative of the People, p. 110; see also, Brian Manning, "The Outbreak of the English Civil War," The English Civil War and After, ed. R. H. Parry (London: Macmillan, 1970), p. 16.
Harrison, "Royalist Organization in Wiltshire," p. 185; Edmund Ludlow, Memoirs of Edmund Ludlow (London: A. Millar, 1751), vol. 1, pp. 57, 70, 449-450. Even the rank and file Catholics in the king's army had their own independent program. In November 1643, the Royalists attempted to win Wardour castle back from Parliament by laying siege to it. In the attempt Irish Catholic soldiers were used under the command of William Vavasour of York. Because they were not properly paid, the Irish broke off the siege and mutinied against the Royalists. Henry Arundell, the third baron of Wardour and the nephew of Calvert's wife came with his royal troops and put down the mutiny by executing three of the Irish as ringleaders. See Harrison, ibid., p. 221; Ralph Hopton, Bellum Civile, ed. Charles Healey (London: Harrison and Son, 1902), p. 65; Peter Newman, "William Vavasour," Royalist Officers in England and Wales, 1642-1660: A Biographical Dictionary (New York: Garland Publishers, 1981), p. 388; Geoffrey Smith, Without Touch of Dishonor: The Life and Death of Sir Henry Slingsby, 1602-1658 (Kineton: Roundwood Press, 1968), p. 67.
Underdown, Revel, Riot and Rebellion, p. 220. After he was sequestered in November 1645 by the parliamentary Wiltshire County committee, Calvert's tenants questioned and refused his right to hold a manor court, impose the homager's oath, and receive the economic benefits that went along with such rights.
Terrar, "Social, Economic, and Religious Beliefs," pp. 287-365.
Clay, "Landlords and Estate Management in England," vol. 5, pt. 2, pp. 133-134; see also, Arthur R. Bayley, The Great Civil War in Dorset (Taunton: Barncott and Pearce, 1910), pp. 129, 227-228, 305; George N. Godwin, The Civil War in Hampshire (London: J. Bumpus, 1904), pp. 359-361, 366; J. W. Willis Bund, The Civil War in Worcestershire (London: Simpkin Marshall, 1905), pp. 152, 158-159; Alfred C. Wood, Nottinghamshire and the Civil War (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1937), pp. 102-103.
Clay,"Landlords and Estate Management," vol. 5, pt. 2, p. 123. See also, Alan Everitt, The Community of Kent and the Great Rebellion, 1640-1660 (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1966), pp. 169-170; John S. Morrill, Cheshire 1630-1660: County Government and Society During the "English Revolution" (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1974), pp. 112-117.
J. P. Cooper, "In Search of Agrarian Capitalism," The Brenner Debate: Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in Pre-Industrial Europe, ed. T. H. Ashton (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985), p. 172.
Oxfordshire V.C.H. Office, Glympton papers, J. Wheate to William Wheate, 1643-1644, Hampshire R.O., Catalogue of Kingsmill, MSS (typescript), no. 1362, quoted in Underdown, Revel, Riot and Rebellion, p. 159. See also, R. C. Richardson, "Metropolitan Counties: Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Middlesex," The Agrarian History of England and Wales: 1640-1750, ed. Joan Thirsk (Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1985), vol. 5, pt. 1, p. 239; Paul Brassley, "Northumberland and Durham," in ibid., vol. 5, pt. 1, p. 44.
H. J. Habakkuk, "Landowners and the Civil War," Economic History Review, 18 (1969), 131.
Lawrence Stone, "The Crisis of Aristocracy," Social Change and Revolution in England: 1540-1640, ed. Lawrence Stone (London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1965), p. 79; B. G. Blackwood, "The Lancashire Gentry and the Great Rebellion, 1640-1660," Chetham Society, 25 (1978), 160. David Underdown, Revel, Riot and Rebellion, p. 159, observes that rent arrears were not necessarily the result of social ideas. Some tenants did not pay because of sheer necessity; they had nothing left. However, the tenants' claims of inability to pay because of poverty should not necessarily be taken at face value. The landlords did not. Illustrative was a proclamation in December 1643 by royalist authorities in Wiltshire. It stated that those who deliberately refused to pay rent to landlords were guilty of treason. The proclamation recognized and was a response to the voluntary refusal to pay rent. At one point the Wiltshire government sought to indict 57 tenants for refusal to pay, but the grand jury of local people was in sympathy with their neighbors and refused to bring the indictment. See Harrison, "Royalist Organization in Wiltshire," p. 457.
Joan Thirsk, "Agricultural Policy: Public Debate and Legislation," The Agrarian History of England and Wales: 1640-1750, ed. Joan Thirsk (Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1985), vol. 5, pt. 2, p. 318. Because many areas in the north and west lacked good water transport facilities to London or the coast, they were not attractive for grain production. Hence the tendency for landlords to enclose and give over to wool production. See Reginold H. Kiernan, The Story of the Archdiocese of Birmingham (West Bromwich, Eng.: Joseph Wares, 1951), p. 14, on the relatively high concentrations of Catholic tenants in the west.
John Rushworth, Historical Collections and Private Passages of State (8 vols., London: Thomas Newcomb,  1721), vol. 4, p. 438; Hill, God's Englishman, pp. 18, 61. Brian Manning, The English People and the English Revolution, 1640-1649 (London: Heinemann, 1976), pp. 113-118; Roger Manning, Village Revolts: Social Protest and Popular Disturbance in England, 1509-1640 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988).
Richardson, "Metropolitan Counties," p. 240; see also, Howard Shaw, The Levelers (London: Longmans, 1968), pp. 13, 68.
Terrar, "Social, Economic, and Religious Beliefs," pp. 116-124, gives examples of where the Catholic tenantry tore down enclosures.
Bossy, English Catholic Community, p. 170. For further examples of Catholic servant militancy, see Terrar, "Social, Economic, and Religious Beliefs," pp. 123-124; Joseph S. Leatherbarrow, The Lancashire Elizabethan Recusants (New York: Johnson Reprint Corp., 1968), p 90; Wake, The Brudenells of Deene, p. 142.
White, Grounds of Obedience, p. 28.
ibid., p. 169.
Ibid., p. 142.
Terrar, "Social, Economic, and Religious Beliefs," pp. 154-175, describes the market relations.
Braddick, "Popular Politics and Public Policy," p. 618, discusses the leveler opposition to monopoly in 1647.
Valerie Pearl, "Puritanism and Poor Relief: The London Workhouse, 1649-1660," Puritanism and Revolutionaries, ed. Donald Pennington and Keith Thomas (Oxford: 1978), p. 230; Todd, Christian Humanism, pp. 159, 251, 253; A. L. Beier, "Poor Relief in Warwickshire, 1630-1660," Past and Present, no. 35 (1966), 78.
Braddick, "Popular Politics and Public Policy," p. 610, discusses the monthly holidays and festivals which Parliament enacted for apprentices in June 1647.
White, Grounds of Obedience, p. 70.
Hirst, Representative of the People, p. 5.
Harrison, "Royalist Organization in Wiltshire," p. 185, gives some examples of tenant deference to landlords.
Terrar, "A `Preferential Option for the Rich,'" pp. 1-33.
Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (New York: Modern Library,  1937], p. 30, observed, "labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all the wealth of the world was originally purchased." In the seventeenth century John Locke and the Catholic-educated William Petty both gave prominence to the labor theory of value in their economic writings. See Edmond Fitzmaurice, Life of William Petty (London: J. Murray, 1895), p. 3.
Ronald Meek, Studies in the Labor Theory of Value (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1973), p. 14.
Ibid. p. 26.
Smith, Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, p. 48.
Terrar, "A `Preferential Option for the Rich,'" pp. 1-33.
Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (New York: Charles Scribners and Sons, 1958), pp. 79, 115-116; Richard Tawney, Religion and the Rise of Capitalism (London: Harcourt, Brace, 1926), pp. 229-230.
Paul Seaver, "The Puritan Work Ethic Revisited," Journal of British Studies, 19 (Spring 1980), pp. 35-53; Laura O'Connell, "Anti-Entrepreneurial Attitudes in Elizabethan Sermons and Popular Literature," Journal of British Studies, 15 (Spring 1976), 20; Timothy Breen, "The Non-Existent Controversy: Puritan and Anglican Attitudes on Work and Wealth, 1600-1640," Church History, 35 (1966), 281-287.
Illustrative of those who understood the difference between monopoly and labor was the Protestant London merchant Nehemiah Wallington (1598-1658). He summed up the work ethic as it applied to merchants in a list of new years resolutions. As quoted in Seaver, "The Puritan Work Ethic Revisited," p. 41, he wrote, "I take not the least pin nor anything else from anyone and if I do, then I restore fourfold and give one farthing to the poor." He resolved not to stand "idle at anytime nor negligent in my calling and not to conceal the faults of my ware nor speak words of deceit" nor to "take any more for my ware than it is worth."
Peter Burke, "Popular Culture in Seventeenth-Century London," Popular Culture in Seventeenth-Century England, ed. Barry Reay (New York: St. Martins Press, 1985), p. 57; Keith Luria, "The Counter-Reformation and Popular Spirituality," Christian Spirituality: Post-Reformation and Modern, ed. Louis Dupré and Don Saliers (New York: Crossroad, 1989), pp. 93, 106.
Christopher Haigh, "The Recent Historiography of the English Reformation," The English Reformation Revised (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987), p. 25.
Blundell, Old Catholic Lancashire, vol. 1, p. x.
F. W. Hackwood, Good Cheer: The Romance of Food and Feasting (New York: T. F. Unwin, 1911), p. 201; Francis X. Weiser, Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs: The Year of the Lord in Liturgy and Folklore (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1952), pp. 270-271.
Bossy, English Catholic Community, p. 118.
Bernard Capp, "Popular Literature," Popular Culture in Seventeenth-Century England, ed. Barry Reay (New York: St. Martins Press, 1985), p. 204; Ann Kussmaul, Servants in Husbandry in Early Modern England (London: Cambridge University Press, 1981), p. 68; T. G. Crippen, Christmas and Christmas Lore (Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1923), describes the hundred of Christmas carols popular among laboring people.
Cecil Sharp, The Morris Book: A History of Morris Dancing with a description of Eleven Dances as performed by the Morrismen of England (London: Novello Co., 1907), pp. 6-7; John Playford, The English Dancing Master (London: Schott,  1957); Douglas Kennedy, English Folk Dancing, Today and Yesterday (London: G. Bell, 1964).
Weiser, Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, p. 164.
Christopher Haigh, "The Continuity of Catholicism," pp. 206-207, 214; Aveling, Northern Catholics, p. 289. Some of the material in the plays of the Catholic or Catholic-leaning dramatist Philip Massinger appear to have had roots in beliefs about productivity. Doris Adler, Philip Massinger, p. 78, remarks that his plays were characterized by "the struggle between those who produce wealth and those who only consume that wealth in extravagant luxury."
Blundell, Old Catholic Lancashire, vol. 1, p. xi.
Edward Bolton, The Cities Advocate, in this case, or a Question of honor and arms, whether Apprenticeship extinguisheth Gentry? Containing a clear refutation of the Pernicious common Error affirming it, swallowed by Erasmus of Roterdam, Sir Thomas Smith in his "Commonweal", Sir John Ferris in his "Blazon", Ralph Broke York Herald and others. With the copies or transcripts of three letters which give occasion of this work (Norwood, N.J.: W. J. Johnson, , 1975), pp. 53, 56.
John Cosin, The Works of the right Rev. Father in God, John Cosin, Lord Bishop of Durham, ed. J. Sansom (5 vols., Oxford: John Parker, 1855), vol. 1, Sermon X, p. 142.
Bolton, Cities Advocate, p. 49.
Lester Little, Liberty, Charity, Fraternity: Lay Religious Confraternities at Bergamo in the Age of the Commune (Northampton, Mass.: Smith College, 1988), pp. 35-36; John Bossy, "The Counter-Reformation and the Peoples of Catholic Europe," Past and Present, 47 (1970), 59; A. J. Gurevich, Categories of Medieval Culture (Boston: Rutledge and Kegan Paul, 1985), p. 265.
Paul Seaver, The Puritan Lectureship: The Politics of Religious Dissent, 1560-1662 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1970), p. 74; J. J. Scarisbrick, The Reformation and the English People (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984), pp. 24, 43.
Bossy, English Catholic Community, p. 87; Hill, Society and Puritanism, p. 147.
Bolton, Cities Advocate, pp. 20-21.
Ibid., pp. 18, 21.
Thomas White, A Catechism of Christian Doctrine (Paris: n.p., 1637, 1640, 1659), pp. 4, 15. See also Beverley C. Southgate, "Thomas White's Grounds of Obedience and Government, A Note on the Dating of the First Edition," Notes and Queries (for Readers and Writers) (London), 28 (1981), 208-209.
Bolton, Cities Advocate, pp. 20-21.
Ibid., p. 19.
Ibid., p. 20.
Bolton, Cities Advocate, p. 19.
Ibid., p. 21.
Hill, Society and Puritanism, pp. 164-167.
Gerard Winstanley is illustrative of the laboring people's reversal of the gentry's scriptural interpretations. One example is the interpretation of Adam's fall from grace (Genesis 3:19). In Winstanley's view, labor (usufruct) was the foundation of Eden, not the result of the fall. Labor was God's original grace and blessing, and part of the natural law. It was liberating. The cause and result of the fall was landlordism, the rise of the class system. God's plan called for the leveling of the landlords. Winstanley, "Fire in the Bush," The Works of Gerrard Winstanley, ed. Geore H. Sabine (New York: Cornell University Press, 1941), p. 492, see also, pp. 451-455, wrote:
The existing [landlord] law is the extremity of the curse, and yet this is the law that every one now dotes upon; when the plain truth is, the law of property is the shameful nakedness of mankind, and as far from the law of Christ, as light from darkness.
See also Gerard Winstanley, "An Appeal to all Englishmen," Works, pp. 407-409; Winstanley, "The Law of Freedom in a Platform or True Magistracy Restored," Works, pp. 511, 526-527, 546-548, 550, 564, 577-579, 592-593; Timothy Kenyton, "Labour--Natural, Property--Artificial: The Radical Insights of Gerrard Winstanley," History of European Ideas, 6 (1985), 106, 108, 113, 116, 120-123; Michael Graham, S.J., "Lord Baltimore's Pious Enterprise: Toleration and Community in Colonial Maryland," unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan, 1983, p. 13.
Haigh, "The Recent Historiography of the English Reformation," p. 25.
Luria, "The Counter-Reformation and Popular Spirituality," p. 110.
Bossy, English Catholic Community, p. 103; see also, Fernand Braudel, Civilization and Capitalism, Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries (3 vols., London: Collins, 1984), vol. 2, pp. 566-569.
Richard Weston (1591-1652), A Discourse of Husbandrie used in Brabant and Flanders Showing the Wonderful improvement of land there serving as a pattern for our practice in this Commonwealth (London: William DuGard, 1650), pp. 1-4, 6, 20; Joan Thirsk, "Agricultural Innovations and their Diffusion," The Agrarian History of England and Wales: 1640-1750, ed. Joan Thirsk (Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 1985), vol. 5, pt. 2, p. 549; "Richard Weston," in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee (eds.), Dictionary of National Biography (22 vols., London: Oxford University Press, 1922), vol. 20, pp. 1278-1280.
Weston, Discourse, p. 6.
Robert Wintour, To Live Like Princes: A Short Treatise concerning the New Plantation Now Erecting in Maryland, ed. John Krugler (Baltimore: Enoch Pratt Free Library,  1976), p. 35.
Bolton, Cities Advocate, pp. 1, 3.
Aveling, Northern Catholics, pp. 191, 218, 256, 260, 267; Meynell, "Recusancy Papers," vol. 56, p. xiv.
Aveling, Northern Catholics, pp. 259, 266, 269.
Ibid., pp. 159, 259, 266.
Ibid., pp. 191, 266.
Ibid., p. 259.
Ibid. p. 205.
Morton, Freedom in Arms, p. 73.