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Edmund Campion

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Evelyn Waugh presented his biography of St. Edmund Campion, the Elizabethan poet, scholar and gentleman who became the haunted, trapped and murdered ... Show synopsis

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Pamela H

Campion

by Pamela H on Sep 30, 2010

I read this book as a companion to Joseph Pearce's The Quest for Shakespeare. Evelyn Waugh illuminates the Elizabethan era with this biography of Edmond Campion. What happens to a country when the intellectual institutions are not just closed, but destroyed; when books are burned; when art is defaced; when religious institutions are banned? Aside from delving into the cultural issues of the day, Waugh's writing style is engaging. This is a must read for anyone interested in the reign of Elizabeth I. I came away from this book wondering if "Good Queen Bess" was meant as an ironic joke? She was brutal, bloody, barbaric Bess.

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