Forming a Catholic Resistance and Deeper Culture of the Faith in Times of Permeating Disorder: Evelyn Waugh’s Edmund Campion (). Gerard Kilroy, the co-editor of a new edition of Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Edmund Campion’, describes the motivations behind and evolution of Waugh’s. The recognised authority on Edmund Campion, Professor Gerard Kilroy, Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, is co-editing a new edition.

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I have also recently been reading, more or less systematically, through the novels of Evelyn Waugh.

It is a marvellous story, and Waugh tells it with all of the very considerable art at his disposal. From the years of success as an Ccampion scholar, to entry into the newly founded Society of Jesus and a professorship in Prague, Campion’s life was an inexorable progress towards the doomed mission to England. A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

If you are looking for some quick inspiration, I definitely recommend this book. His life of St. Because of his fame as a scholar it was considered advantageous to have him humiliated in public debate before his death.

It is a powerful story, thoroughly researched and skillfully told.

Martin, but Waugh declined to edmujd personally from the book. His tracts caused a sensation amongst both the ordinary people and the authorities. The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism.

It’s hard to believe the bloodshed between Christians after the reformation. He was brought to trial, along with several other priests, for treason, the usual charge brought against Catholic priests. Jun 15, Gerard De bruin rated it it was ok Shelves: If years aren’t important to you, well then, the story of Edmund Campion is just fine.


Not Waugh’s finest campiob, it shows that even when not at his best, Waugh is among the best. In his preface, Evelyn Cam;ion makes the point that this is not a ca,pion work about St Edmund Campion. But as Campion grows in his spiritual life, he seeks the Truth, and finds it back in the Catholic Church. We live in an age where tolerance is preached, but not practiced.

Edmund Campion: A Life by Evelyn Waugh

Campion followed his investigations into a personal relationship with God, and which inevitably led to the surrender of his wauvh. This content uses referral links. The simplicity of this trajectory was all too common and a priest in Canpion would usually end up dying in agony for the Faith.

There followed pursuit, betrayal, a spirited defense of loyalty wqugh the Queen, and a horrifying martyr’s death at Tyburn.

Couple this with “Autobiography of a Hunted Priest” and you get an amazing picture of one of the darkest times in the history of the Church. Several years later, at the age of 38, he completed his novitiate and was ordained a priest. In the question came to a head when Pope Pius V excommunicated Elizabeth. Want to Read saving…. Yet what astonishes me about these priests, like Campion, is that they were not content to merely avoid danger.

Evelyn Waugh on Edmund Campion

I read this when 64 years old and thought it tough to get through. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Evdlyn Waugh presented his biography of St.

Aug 24, Matthew rated it it was amazing.


A fantastic recounting of a great English saint by a very accomplished and well-written author. He was clapped in solitary confinement for weeks on end. Read our disclosure policy for more info.

He gives the month without the year, and last names without ever giving the first name, as if we readers are familiar with the story. Waugh emphasized the importance of recognizing that at no time did his tracts call for the overthrow of Elizabeth. I didn’t realize that Catholics were tortured during the time of Queen Elizabeth just as Protestants were during the time of Bloody Mary. It was during this time that he converted to Catholicism. One of D’Arcy’s fellow Jesuits had done a great deal of research for a new biography of Campion but had died before he could actually write it.

An incredible book and life. Evelyn Waugh is an excellent author who wrote many good novels, but few can compare with the truth of a life lived in service to Truth. Not that the Jesuits were slouches, mind you.

Evelyn Waugh on Edmund Campion | Jesuits in Britain

To Raise the Fallen. Campion found such courage in quantity sufficient that he was not only willing, but felt compelled, to lay down his life in service of truth. What occurred during the next five months, until the date of his martyrdom, throws an appalling light on the shamefulness of the authorities.