Or art thou one of those naughty elfs or fairies whom we thought to have left behind us, with other relics of Papistry
, in merry old England?
Yet that Counter-Reformation papistry
with which the undergraduate Scialabba wrestled leaves its mark on these pages still.
Joseph Priestley frequently spoke of papists and papistry
with a vehemence that sounds like pure intolerance to our ears, but it is important to see exactly how his views related to the culturalist and historicist perspectives that underwrote the Higher Criticism as it came to be practiced.
More direct engagement with Alexandra Walsham's influential work on church papistry
would have made this work even stronger.
consequently strives to undermine Smyth through accusations of papistry
, that is, support for the papacy, whose authority, regardless of Henry's distaste for doctrinal reform, had been decisively rejected by statute in the early 1530s.
Thus in an increasingly diverse seventeenth-century Protestant culture, monstrous births might signify punishment either for hidden papistry
or for zealous repudiation of a Romish tradition still practiced by the national church.