John Hungerford Pollen (Jesuit)

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John Hungerford Pollen (1858-1925) was an English Jesuit, known as a historian of the Protestant Reformation.[1]

Life[edit]

He was one of the group of Jesuit historians restoring the reputation of Robert Persons.[2] He was influential in the history of the term Counter-Reformation, accepting for the Catholic side the appellation for the period of Catholic reform centred on the Council of Trent, but at the same time offering an interpretation that made it less reactive, in relation to the Protestant Reformation. These ideas were put forth in the 1908 Catholic Encyclopedia article he wrote on the subject.[3][4]

He was a correspondent of Georg Cantor, from 1896[5] and an active member of the Catholic Record Society (founded 1904).

Works[edit]

  • Acts of the English Martyrs (1891)
  • Papal Negotiations with Mary, Queen of Scots (1901)
  • The Bedingfield Papers (1909)
  • A Jesuit Challenge: Edmund Campion's Debates at the Tower of London in 1581 (1914) editor with Joseph Rickaby
  • The English Catholics in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth (1920)
  • Unpublished Documents Relating to the English Martyrs

Family[edit]

John Hungerford Pollen (senior) was his father.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ John Vidmar, English Catholic Historians and the English Reformation, 1585-1954: 1585-1954 (2005) pp. 134-5.
  2. ^ Victor Houliston, Catholic Resistance in Elizabethan England: Robert Persons's Jesuit Polemic, 1580-1610 (2007), p. 19.
  3. ^ John W. O'Malley, The Historiography of the Society of Jesus, p. 20, in John W. O'Malley, Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Steve J. Harris, T. Frank Kennedy, The Jesuits: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540-1773 (1999).
  4. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "The Counter-Reformation". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 
  5. ^ Christian Tapp, Kardinalität und Kardinäle: Wissenschaftshistorische Aufarbeitung der Korrespondenz zwischen Georg Cantor und katholischen Theologen seiner Zeit (2005), p. 478.

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