Robert Persons's Resolution (1582) and the issue of textual piracy in Protestant editions of Catholic devotional literature

Yamamoto-Wilson, John R.
July 2013
Reformation & Renaissance Review: Journal of the Society for Ref;Jul2013, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p177
Academic Journal
Despite current attention to continuing crypto-Catholics in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, less attention has been paid to the extent to which Catholic culture may have affected the Protestant mainstream. This study demonstrates the general neglect of this subject, and examines the role played, then and now, by the attack of Robert Persons SJ on Edmund Bunny, a Church of England minister, for publishing a Protestant adaptation of Persons's work. This study argues that Bunny had a more serious intent than the 'piracy' he is widely credited with, and that his editorial practices resembled those employed by Roman Catholics, including Persons himself. While more serious cases of textual piracy have been largely overlooked, conventional condemnation of Bunny's edition has done little more than contribute to a general misunderstanding of (and a paucity of interest in) the reception of Catholic literature in whatever format by Protestants.


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