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RECUSANTS, or POPISH RECUSANTS, Eng. law. Persons who refuse to make the declarations against popery, and such as promote, encourage, or profess the popish religion.
     2. These are by law liable to restraints, forfeitures and inconveniences, which are imposed upon them by various acts of parliament. Happily in this country no religious sect has the ascendency, and all persons are free to profess what religion they conscientiously believe to be the right one.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Phebe Jensen has recently argued that "play-hosting and performing could be a way of creating and sustaining recusant identity" (Religion 46), reading such performances as a kind "replacement for forbidden communal religious rituals", particularly in the case of St.
After an introduction in which Sutton sets forth his purpose and connects the Catholic modernists to a recusant history, chapter one explores how Gerard Manley Hopkins' work expressed his difficulty at balancing his nationalism and loyalty to the Jesuit order.
Elsewhere in the world, the Irish were able to shape to some extent the Catholic churches they found there; this was impossible in Britain, where the recusant families held sway.
This tax was imposed specifically on Catholic recusants as a punitive contribution to Elizabeth's campaigns against foreign Catholic threats; John Shakespeare's fellow defaulters were all Catholic.
The beneficiaries in this case were the professional singers of the Chapel Royal as well as the recusant musicians of Thorndon and Ingatestone.
(4) Secondly, and perhaps partly as a result of his expressed antipathy towards the Jesuits, (5) Constable draws less on the plaintive language of spiritual exile so popular amongst other recusant poets, and more on traditions of affective piety, especially later medieval traditions.
Chapters discuss the "gendering" of god in the poetry of Richard Crashaw, representation and embodiment in John Donne's "Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions", representation of the recusant soul in the works of Robert Southwell, and concepts of body, word, and self as written by Thomas Traherne.
Each of Greenblatt's own "biographical day-dreams" is grounded upon documents identifying John Shakespeare, the playwright's father, as an important public official in the borough of Stratford-upon-Avon and as a Roman Catholic recusant, and each imagines hypothetical scenes that Shakespeare may have experienced as a boy and adolescent: civil ceremonies in Stratford, a Royal Progress and Parliamentary election in Warwickshire, an exorcism in a Catholic household in 1580.
In other words, would Shakespeare have to have been a recusant Catholic to know and use certain Catholic symbols?
In the programme, the Tallis Scholars will perform the Vigilate which was published by Byrd in Cantiones Sacrae of 1589, a retrospective collection of Latin motets which was destined primarily for the recusant English Catholic community to which Byrd belonged.
xiii), it was a staple of Recusant presses, and, in the form of an adaptation by Edward Yates (1739), remained a devotional bestseller until around 1900.