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Old 05-02-2020, 05:09 PM
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It is one those historical peculiarities. The continued existence of an English Catholic aristocracy & gentry, usually far removed from the centres of power in remote & peripheral areas, is a remarkable tale of survival. They intermarried & carried on their religious life discreetly. They became a caste within a caste. Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited is about one of these English Catholic dynasties. It wasn't until the terrible famine & the arrival of huge numbers of Irish people that the Catholic population of England grew substantially.
No Lord Marchmain's family are not catholic.. He turned Catholic to marry Lady Marchmain...
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Old 05-02-2020, 05:41 PM
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No Lord Marchmain's family are not catholic.. He turned Catholic to marry Lady Marchmain...
Yes I know but it's a well known description of an English catholic aristocratic family. That could have been made clearer but there are many examples of continuous catholic dynasties of course not just the Howards.
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