Forming a Catholic Resistance and Deeper Culture of the Faith in Times of Permeating Disorder: Evelyn Waugh’s Edmund Campion (). Gerard Kilroy, the co-editor of a new edition of Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Edmund Campion’, describes the motivations behind and evolution of Waugh’s. The recognised authority on Edmund Campion, Professor Gerard Kilroy, Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, is co-editing a new edition.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh. A Life by Evelyn Waugh. Evelyn Waugh presented his biography of St. Edmund Campion, the Elizabethan poet, scholar and gentleman who became the haunted, trapped and murdered priest as a simple, perfectly true story of heroism and holiness.
Evelyn Waugh on Edmund Campion | Jesuits in Britain
But it is written with a novelist’s eye for the telling incident and with all the elegance and feeling of a master of English prose. From the years of success as Evelyn Waugh presented his biography of St. From the years of success as an Oxford scholar, to entry into the newly founded Society of Jesus and a professorship in Prague, Campion’s life was an inexorable progress towards the doomed mission to England.
There followed pursuit, betrayal, a spirited defense of loyalty to the Queen, and a horrifying martyr’s death at Tyburn.
Hardcoverpages. Published March 31st by Ignatius Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Edmund Campionplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 23, Frank Kelly rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: One of the finest, most inspiring biographies I have ever read.
It is a tale of faith and hope in the face of ferocious injustices and intensely bloody persecutions – truly the darkest days of Engish history. Evelyn Waugh’s graceful prose and command of history and the spirit of this great saint makes this book hard to put down. Second time I’ve read it and it has only gotten finer with age.
Oct 31, Patrick Baty rated it it was amazing. Jul 15, Kris McGregor rated it it was amazing. I love the writing of Evelyn Waugh…his prose are some of the best of our time, if not of all time.
What a story…what a life. Considering my non-existent interest in the history of Catholicism in England, this book was still relatively interesting. Jun 06, Shaunda Penny rated it really liked it Shelves: This was an excellent biography of an extraordinary man. As with all the lives of the saints, I found so much that was relevant and inspiring even now, centuries later.
Having just read Helena and The Loved One, though, I did miss the personality and story telling that is so wonderful in Waugh’s fictional works. Jun 23, Craig rated it it was amazing. Waugh had already made, or very nearly made, the transition from young bad boy satirist to mature novelist with “A Handful of Dust” but this fine little book presages his later work. A beautiful piece of writing. When one looks back to the grisly period that was Elizabethan England one is struck by the almost miraculous fact that Catholicism survived at all.
Despite centuries of propaganda claiming that the Elizabethan State did not make ‘windows into men’s souls’, the authorities were not solely concerned with perceived traitors who sought to harm Elizabeth, but were dedicated to purging England of the Old Faith and those who practiced it.
Edmund Campion: A Life
That Catholicism did survive, albeit as a small remnant of the p When one looks back edmhnd the grisly period that was Elizabethan England one is struck by the almost miraculous fact that Catholicism survived at all. That Catholicism did survive, albeit as a small remnant of the campuon, is a fampion to the courage, devotion and perseverance of the Faithful and the priests who served them.
One group that particularly stands out for its bravery and sacrifice is the Society of Jesus, amongst whose ranks many of the English martyrs can be counted. St Edmund Campion is an example of one man who forfeited a comfortable life as an academic to minister to the Catholics of England as a Jesuit priest and ultimately sacrificed everything for this mission.
Despite the grim reality that faced Catholics of this era, it is undeniable that the lifestyle of espionage, covert defiance and struggle to stay one step ahead of priest-hunters carries with it a certain romantic adventurism which cannot fail to inspire edmynd Catholic readers.
If it was not history it would make an excellent story on the struggle of good resisting evil and, for this reason, the gifted author Evelyn Waugh was the perfect person to write this narrative.
Waugh divides the life of Campion into four sections: Scholar, Priest, Hero and Martyr. The simplicity of this trajectory was all too common and a priest in England would usually end waugj dying in agony for the Faith. Campion was aware of the almost certainty of death when he arrived back as a priest in England.
While demund ministry was cut short by capture a little over a year after returning to his native land, the work of Campion bore a great deal. While faithfully dispensing the Sacraments to those who desired them, he also launched a polemical tract campaign critiquing the New Religion and defending the rights of Catholics to practice the Old Faith.
His tracts caused a sensation amongst both the ordinary people and the authorities. It is undoubtedly the case that people were brought back to the Faith as a result of the controversy he stirred. Waugh emphasized the importance of recognizing that at no time did his tracts call for the overthrow of Elizabeth. Indeed, after his arrest there was an extraordinary offer made of high office in the Church of England–potentially the Archbishopric of Canterbury–if he would only recant his Catholicism.
He refused and gained a place amongst the Saints in Heaven. In his preface, Evelyn Waugh evvelyn the point that this is not a scholarly work about St Edmund Campion. Waugh succeeds edmunc in this. Jul 31, Jerry M rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a fairly short and surprisingly old fashioned biography of Edmund Campion.
I say surprisingly because Waugh’s writing is usually more modern in tone. This is more reverent than one expects of Waugh. Campion was an English scholar who seemed destined for greatness but who realized his sympathies were with the Catholic church.
He went to Douai in France was received into the Catholic church. He eventually went to Evelyj, joined the Jesuit order and was assigned to a mission to return to Engl This is a fairly short and surprisingly old fashioned biography of Edmund Campion. He eventually went to Rome, joined edmumd Jesuit order and was assigned to a mission to return to England to preach to Catholics still in England.
Campion expected all along the this mission would be a death sentence, but he seems to have only worried that he didn’t have the courage to do it. Waugh does a very good job of explaining that Campion ecelyn no time was part of a plot to bring down the English government and murder Queen Elizabeth. The book is easy to read, except for the use of clerical terms that most of us wouldn’t understand.
It is hardly the best of Waugh but it is well done. This is a fascinating book that accomplishes different things. Firstly, it portrays the life and sacrifices made by Edmund Campion, from renouncing to success in England to his very martyrdom, and his selflessness in trying to help others while abiding by a separation between Church and State. The description of his condemnation in a mock trial devoid of minimum guarantees and due process shows how, in spite of the Queen’s proclamation that faith had nothing to do with the sentencing, reflect ho This is a fascinating book that accomplishes different things.
The description of his condemnation in a mock trial devoid of minimum guarantees and due process shows how, in spite of the Evelyyn proclamation that faith had nothing to do with the sentencing, reflect how conviction was preordained regardless of actual guilt or treason.
On the other hand, the book clearly describes how religious toleration in the Eedmund era was actually emdund so, and the drastic changes experienced in England over a short period. Waygh 27, Stephen rated it it was amazing. A beautifully written, almost poetic overview of wuagh life of the English martyr and saint.
It helped me to understand just how difficult it was to be Catholic in Elizabethan England, and of the courage it took for Campion and his contemporaries to serve in their native land. I’ll have a much harder time enjoying movies and documentaries that portray Elizabeth as a hero.
Mar 20, Ryan cajpion it it was amazing Shelves: Waugj Waugh’s finest book, it shows that even when not at his best, Waugh is among the best. This biography reads fluidly and clearly, almost campiln a novel. The book handles its topic sensitively with an eye both to historical fact and the sensibilities of its characters and of modern readers.
Sep 24, Robert Federline rated it really liked it.
This is an exciting tale of a life lived, and willingly sacrificed, edmunv belief and ideals. Edmund Campion wauugh not a sure thing as a saint, because he did not follow an easy and assured route. Edmund Campion is an excellent example of a Jesuit. The Society of Jesus, founded by Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, is known throughout history for its commitment to learning, and the sharing of knowledge, as a path leading to Christ.
Knowledge and true scholarship, when honestly pursued and vigorousl This is an exciting tale of a life lived, and willingly sacrificed, for belief and ideals.
Knowledge and true scholarship, when honestly pursued and vigorously investigated, lead to the inescapable conclusion that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God. Campion followed his investigations into a personal relationship with God, and which inevitably led evwlyn the surrender of his life.
He lived in an age in which it was dangerous to believe, and more especially to voice your belief, in anything other than the preferences of the ruling authorities. A commitment to truth can give one courage and purpose.
Evelyn Waugh’s Life of Edmund Campion
Campion found such courage in quantity sufficient that he was not only willing, but felt compelled, to lay down his life in service of truth. Not many men are granted his eloquence, campuon possess his scholarship. His example, however, is inspiring for any who are interested in Truth. Tyranny comes in many forms. Today it is common to find the suppression of ideas and prejudice against certain beliefs. We live in an age where tolerance is preached, but not practiced.