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  SP 15/27/a; articles against John Hamerton. Many English Catholics tried to lead quiet lives, avoiding persecution, and proclaiming their loyalty to Elizabeth, even though this became increasingly difficult to do in the 1580s. Not so John Hamerton.
These extracts are from the evidence collected against him in 1582.
Part (i) says that he regarded the religion of the Elizabethan Church of England as heresy. As these religious arrangements were set out in the Queen's name, he is therefore accused of being a traitor.
Part (ii) shows that he made no secret of his Roman Catholic beliefs.
In Part (iii) he defends Edmund Campion (see
Source 1), who had recently been executed.
 
Hints
  As you read these three Sources,
-compare the attitudes and personalities of Campion and Hamertun.
-Look for evidence of the government's attitude and their network of anti-Catholic informers.
In Source 2 look for:
-evidence of Hamertun's personality;
-evidence of the kind of information the authorities were looking for to put him on trial, and the search for more such evidence;
-evidence that there was no real distinction between heresy and treason.
 
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  SP 15/27/a; articles against John Hamerton
SP 15/27/a; articles against John Hamerton
 
Source 1 Source 3