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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Oh what delight to find a little library! Alicia May 6, at 9: Notify me of new posts via email. This is a fairly short and surprisingly old fashioned biography of Edmund Campion.

Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power. He was not religious until he came to study the early church fathers. In he married Evelyn Gardiner.

Rather hard to swallow for a heathen lik myself. It is hardly the best of Waugh but it is well done.

He was one of a host of martyrs, each, in their several ways, gallant and venerable; some performed more sensational feats of adventure, some sacrificed A short biography of a martyr.

Return to Book Page. One of our friends went to it last year and had nothing but good things to say. And then along comes Waugh.

Priests are hunted down wwugh jailed or killed. Jul 31, Jerry M rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 02, Alex rated it really liked it.

Evelyn Waugh is an excellent author who wrote many good novels, but few can compare with the truth of a life lived in service to Truth. Mar 09, John rated it really liked it Shelves: Forgot password or Username?


It was during this edmunr that he converted to Catholicism. Everyone knew what the journey might mean. You are commenting using your Twitter account. If you esteem my religion treason, then am I guilty; as for other treason I never committed any, God is my judge.

Jan 16, Holly rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

He gives the month without the year, and last names without ever giving the first name, as if we readers are familiar with the story. Martin, but Waugh declined to profit personally from the book. The teaching was counter-reformatory; in theology and exegesis they concentrated almost entirely upon edmune texts; in their spiritual exercises they were prepared for sacrifice; they were being trained not as scholars and gentlemen, but as missionaries and martyrs.

Evelyn Waugh’s Life of Edmund Campion

Yet what astonishes me about these priests, like Campion, is that they were not content to merely avoid danger. Because of his fame as a scholar it was considered advantageous to have him humiliated in public debate before his death.

This was a school for martyrs, not scholars. After reading it you’ll want to learn how to speak Latin and Greek fluently and die as a missionary martyr. This is more reverent than one expects of Waugh. Want to Read saving….

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. Here he presents a readable, interesting, and intellectual account of Campion’s life. Campion was hidden, along with two other priests, in a priest-hole, but the search was assiduous, and the next day they were discovered. Campion was a Catholic priest, a Jesuit. 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.


Of course there have been, and continue to be, martyrs, but for me this story, set in the very land of my ancestors, has a special potency. In Campion’s time they were at least more honest in that tolerance was not preached.

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This biography reads fluidly and clearly, almost like a novel. Hardcoverpages. Leave a Reply Click here to evelyb reply. Knowledge and true scholarship, when honestly pursued and vigorousl This is an exciting tale of a life lived, and awugh sacrificed, for belief and ideals. Campion and later converted to Catholicism. Who can know what was in the minds of those who crowded around the scaffold that day? Other Editions and Formats.

I’d like to read a bit more, abt, say, the English Catholic college in France at Douai, spelled various ways. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.