Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
The pamphlet was usually attributed to Roger Palmer, Earl of Castlemaine.
To all the Royalists that suffered for His Majesty, and to the rest of the good people of England. The humble apology of the English Catholicks.[London : s.n., 1666]
4to., 14 p.; dated at end: November 16. 1666. Quire B printed in red and black. Anonymous, by Roger Palmer, Earl of Castlemaine, 1634-1705
Wing (2nd ed.), C 1249
Reprinted in London, with a reply 'in behalf of the Royalists' by William Lloyd, in 1667, 1673, 1675. Palmer's reply to Lloyd, with observations on other commentators, appeared in 1668 and 1674, the place of printing undetermined but believed to be Antwerp [Wing (2nd.) 1246, 1240.]
"....But how can we say that the English Reformation was of such importance ? After all, the revolt against unity, the effort to destroy Christendom, did not begin in England ; it began (as might have been expected) in the Germanics, and in the non-Romanised part of the Ger- manics. Nor was England the battle-field of the Refor- mation. The battle-field of the Reformation was France. A whole lifetime of fighting in France decided for the rest of Europe that compromise on which Europe afterwards attempted most insecurely to live. The French religious wars did not establish Protestantism, on the contrary they saved the Catholic culture ; but they went on so long and were so indecisive that they allowed the new religion to take root.
Again, no Englishman or group of Englishmen appeared as leaders of the reaction against Catholic morals, Catholic doctrine and the old European unity. Everything at the beginning of the English movement came late, everything was accidental. How, then, can we regard the English movement as being of such supreme importance ? ..."http://www.archive.org/stream/MN5014ucmf_0/MN50...
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