- Hardcover: 180 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press (March 31, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586170430
- ISBN-13: 978-1586170431
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Edmund Campion Hardcover – March 31, 2005
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I never had mind, and am strictly forbidden by our Father that sent me, to deal in any respect with matter of State or Policy of this realm, as things which appertain not to my vocation, and from which I do gladly restrain and sequester my thoughts."
-- the courageous martyr and "seditious Jesuit" Edmund Campion in his famous "Brag"
Kudos to the good people of Ignatius Press for introducing new generations to Waugh's masterful biography of St. Edmund Campion. The brilliant Oxford scholar was destined for any career he chose in Elizabeth's Protestant England. Instead, at a time when being Catholic meant persecution and an uncertain future, Campion chose not only conversion, but ordination as a Jesuit and near-certain death.
Ignatius' new hardcover edition is superbly done, with a tight binding, attractive dust jacket, high quality paper, and a very readable font. It also includes remarks by modern Waugh aficionados like Joseph Pearce and George Weigel and a new introduction by Fr. Joseph Fessio.
Readers might enjoy excerpts from Percy Hutchison's 1936 review in the New York Times:
"For several years Campion, of the Jesuit order and ordained priest, had been on the Continent. Then Rome ordered him to England to give what mental and religious sustenance he could to the persecuted brethren. Though he knew that sooner or later his life would be forfeit, Campion, ten years before the defeat of the Spanish Armada, landed once again on English soil.Read more ›
Edmund Campion is a biography of the Jesuit Saint Edmund Campion who was martyred in the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation and the increasingly severe penal laws in England. This book was written in 1935 only five years after Waugh's conversion into the Catholic Church. It is a straightforward biography based on the best historical research available at the time. The author does not inject himself in the book in that he tries hard to stick to the historical narrative of what can actually be known and any dialogue in the book is straight from the historical record. This is in no way some syrupy hagiography that diverges from facts with flowery stories or that tries to inflate the actions of Edmund Campion. Though considering the subject this is not much needed when you look at his amazing life.
The book running at a little more than 200 pages is divided into four very appropriate chapters: The Scholar, The Priest, The Hero, The Martyr. I wonder if you have to give a spoiler alert when you are talking a martyr. Evelyn Waugh provides the necessary historical background of the state of the Church and of the politics involved and you fast become involved in the biography as if you were reading a novel. Every time you read about the recusants and those in Church history who were persecuted for the faith it always gives you a greater appreciation of what most Catholics in the modern world take for granted.Read more ›
Nothing could be further from the case in "Edmund Campion" by Evelyn Waugh. Here we have a combination for the ages: the story of a magnificent saint told by one of the great authors of the 20th century. In many ways, it reminded me of Mark Twain's excellent book on Joan of Arc. Waugh's use of the language allows the story of Campion to come alive in ways a lesser author could have never conveyed. One is swept up into the time of Campion, and allowed to experience the persecution he experienced first-hand, as well as understand the motivating love behind his actions.
Highly recommended for all lovers of literature and the saints.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Slow but informative. Bought this book to learn more about saints and Catholism in England during the time of Edmund Campion.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first Waugh book I read. I am now familiar with his other works, but consider this to be among his most important. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott Rolph
Evelyn Waugh is one of the best writers of the last century. Edmund Campion is one of the most compelling saints. A great combination like this makes for an incredible book... Read morePublished 6 months ago by N. Schafer
Evelyn Waugh is a master of the English language with a wry sense of humor which pervades this inspiring story of a courageous man who will not betray his faith no matter how... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Markley
This is a vivid presentation of life in Elizabethan England and the Monarch's absolute power over her subjects' intellectual life and private convictions. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Frost
I read the book mainly for the writing style (superb), but was surprised by its contemporary relevance. Campion faced two decisions that we all face. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marie
The figure of Edmund Campion that emerges from this vivid tale of religious persecution and a young man's growth in wisdom and courage. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by kevin ryan
I chose the rating because,for me,that i could understand British religions and the humans killed all in the name of GOD.
I liked the work of the Author. Read more