A new publication is being proposed under the title
THE FORTRESS CHURCH, URBAN CATHOLICS 1778-1840
Beginning 1791 Relief act legalisation of chapels and priests. English Catholics cut off from the continent English Clergy trained in England, decline of seigneurial influence. Chapelbuilding. Disputes between laity and clergy at local level. Local anti Catholicism. Rising wealth of urban middle class, urban poor, spread of schools, Sunday schools. English Catholic printers popular press. education,
End 1840 By then preparations were in hand for the restoration of the hierarchy, the Bishops had taken over Catholic Poor school education, arrival of active (not contemplative) religious orders from France and Ireland. New orders being established for work among urban poor and education. Church building enters a new phase
Defining areas to be studied industrialising towns.
Defining population to be studied lay middle and working class Catholics. Other work is in progress on religious, clergy and aristocracy.
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