Catholicism in JA's England
Posted by Caroline on January 22, 1998 at 16:15:32:
In response to Cathlocs in England/(Copied from Fan Fiction Board), written by Elizabeth M/ah on January 22, 1998 at 10:46:45
According to the Series Pelican History of the Church volume 4, in 1800, the Catholic population of England was less than 1% of the total population. Catholics could not go to University or hold Public Office, any more than could the Quakers , Methodists and other dissenters, but there was nothing stopping them from being a non-commissioned officer in the Army.The dissenting protestants had their own equivalent of university -the dissenting colleges, which, quite frankly, were better educational institutions than Oxbridge, and were respected much more by influential europeans like Napoleon. The Dis Cols were open to all, including, I beleive , Catholics.
There were many aristocrats of the Old religion, who were kept out of public office by their faith, but were otherwise treated as normal citizens of England, so for Anne to come across one would be perfectly reasonable.
No, the Anglican Church does not have Confession.
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