‘"Worth nothing but very wilful": Catholic Recusant women of Yorkshire, 1536-1642’

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In 1577 a survey of Catholics was taken by the Archbishop of York and the Queen’s commissioners. It recorded the name, place of residence, status and worth of those who refused to conform. Dorothy Vavasour of York was noted in these records as being ‘worth nothing, but very wilful’. It is this statement that provides the inspiration for an examination of the women of Yorkshire, as a group that were vital to the survival of Catholicism, yet who are often ignored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-603
Number of pages13
JournalRecusant History
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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