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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
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
In Part (iii) he defends Edmund Campion (see Source
1), who had recently been executed.
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
Put some of the examples you have
found from these Sources into your Gallery Worksheet.