Our Lady’s Dowry tells the Catholic story of England, from the first century to the twentieth. Until the 1500s it is a large story, synonymous with the history of Christianity in England. From the Reformation onward it becomes the story of a persecuted remnant, and how that small community survived persecution and martyrdom to emerge back into the mainstream of English life in the twentieth century. It is not a Catholic history of England, in that it focuses only on religious history rather than focusing on the whole story of English history from a Catholic perspective. It is also not a history of British Catholicism as a whole. For most of the time span of British Christianity, England, Scotland, and to a lesser extent Ireland and Wales, were separate countries. Although there are occasional excursions to other parts of the British Isles, the book focuses specifically on England.
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