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Title: Sir Thomas Gascoigne (1745-1810) : English Catholicism, politics and estate management in the late eighteenth century
Author: Lock, Alexander James
ISNI:       0000 0001 3822 725X
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis examines aspects of the developments in Catholicism in late-eighteenth- century England and the changing outlook of the Anglican establishment towards them. In particular it focuses on the attitudes and aspirations of English Catholic elites. It examines: the emergence of an enlightened liberal Catholicism in the north French academies in which many landed recusants received their education; the effect of the Grand Tour on their outlook; their changing aspirations for a role in social and political life as well as their strategies for fulfilling these ambitions; and what might be called the Catholic work ethic evident in the efficient and forward looking exploitation of their estates, an ethic in part brought about by the perceived threat of the penal laws. It also . investigates issues relating to the nature of English Catholicism and national identity as well as the attitudes of these English Catholics towards their continental coreligionist. The social and political motivations behind apostasy are also examined to provide a nuanced understanding of the role of religion in politics and the varying anti-Catholic prejudices held by the political classes in late-eighteenth-century England. All these themes are explored through a 'life history' of Sir Thomas Gascoigne, 8th Bart, (1745-1810) of Parlington Hall, Yorkshire, the scion of a convinced and committed recusant family.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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