Book Series Studies and Texts, vol. 235

The Correspondence and Unpublished Papers of Robert Persons, SJ

Volume 2: 1588–1597

Victor Houliston, Thomas M. McCoog, SJ, Ana Sáez-Hidalgo, Javier Burrieza Sánchez, Ginevra Crosignani (eds)

  • Pages: approx. 936 p.
  • Size:152 x 229 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2024



This book is the second volume of a projected 3-volume edition which aims to contribute to our understanding of Robert Persons’s significance as a controversial figure in early modern European history. It includes documents and letters by Persons, as well as letters to Persons, notably from the superior general of the Society of Jesus, Claudio Acquaviva. Letters in Latin, Italian and Spanish are presented both in the original language and spelling and with English translation, and letters in English in original spelling. The correspondence in this volume covers Persons’s eight-year sojourn in Spain following the failure of the Spanish armada of 1588, the repercussions of the death of William Cardinal Allen, and Persons’s return to Rome in 1597 to deal with disaffected students at the English College.


Abbreviations and Sigla
Using This Edition

The Memorialistas
The Seminaries: Valladolid, Seville, and St Omers
The Opposition in Flanders
The English College, Rome
The English Mission
The International Scene
Controversy and Publicity
The Correspondence Network
Archival Sources
Dramatis Personae
Valladolid, 1588–1592
Seville, November 1592–October 1594
After Allen, 1594–1596
Rome, 1597

Appendix A: Memorials and Memoranda, 1597
Appendix B: List of Rectors of the English Colleges
Appendix C: Cardinal Protectors of the English College, Rome
Appendix D: Provincial Superiors of the Society of Jesus
Index of Persons
Index of Places and Subjects