By What Authority?

Robert Hugh BENSON (1871 - 1914)

Two wealthy families are neighbors in Elizabethan England; one is staunchly Catholic and the other is devoutly Protestant. The attractive young scions of the families are drawn to each other in friendship and love, but are kept apart by their opposing religions. Life is very difficult for Catholics during those times. They are subject to fines, imprisonment, torture and ignominious death for practicing their faith. On the other hand, for various reasons some Catholics give up their inherited faith, and even betray and persecute their fellow-religionists. As the threads of plot are woven tighter, heroes emerge, sometimes most unexpectedly, as they grapple with theological doubts and conflicts, and undergo extreme suffering and loss. The many characters we meet ring true, whether they are brilliant or superstitious, stalwart or wavering, pious or violent; and it is a great privilege to spend time with such towering historical figures as St. Edmond Campion and Queen Elizabeth herself. Love, history, theology, suspense, and an array of colorful characters are sewn inexorably together in this large and compelling story. (Intro by Carol Pelster)

Genre(s): Culture & Heritage, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Part 1 Chapter 1 Carol Pelster
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Play 02 Part 1 Chapter 2 Carol Pelster
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Play 03 Part 1 Chapter 3 Carol Pelster
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Play 04 Part 1 Chapter 4 Carol Pelster
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Play 05 Part 1 Chapter 5 Carol Pelster
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Play 06 Part 1 Chapter 6 Carol Pelster
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Play 07 Part 1 Chapter 7 Carol Pelster
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Play 08 Part 1 Chapter 8 Carol Pelster
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Play 09 Part 1 Chapter 9 Carol Pelster
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Play 10 Part 1 Chapter 10 Carol Pelster
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Play 11 Part 1 Chapter 11 Carol Pelster
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Play 12 Part 1 Chapter 12 Carol Pelster
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Play 13 Part 2 Chapter 1 Carol Pelster
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Play 14 Part 2 Chapter 2 Carol Pelster
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Play 15 Part 2 Chapter 3 Carol Pelster
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Play 16 Part 2 Chapter 4 Carol Pelster
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Play 17 Part 2 Chapter 5 Carol Pelster
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Play 18 Part 2 Chapter 6 Carol Pelster
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Play 19 Part 2 Chapter 7 Carol Pelster
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Play 20 Part 2 Chapter 8 Carol Pelster
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Play 21 Part 2 Chapter 9 Carol Pelster
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Play 22 Part 2 Chapter 10 Carol Pelster
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Play 23 Part 2 Chapter 11 Carol Pelster
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Play 24 Part 2 Chapter 12 Carol Pelster
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Play 25 Part 2 Chapter 13 Carol Pelster
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Play 26 Part 2 Chapter 14 Carol Pelster
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Play 27 Part 3 Chapter 1 Carol Pelster
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Play 28 Part 3 Chapter 2 Carol Pelster
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Play 29 Part 3 Chapter 3 Carol Pelster
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Play 30 Part 3 Chapter 4 Carol Pelster
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Play 31 Part 3 Chapter 5 Carol Pelster
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Play 32 Part 3 Chapter 6 Carol Pelster
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Play 33 Part 3 Chapter 7 Carol Pelster
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Play 34 Part 3 Chapter 8 Carol Pelster
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Play 35 Part 3 Chapter 9 Carol Pelster
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Play 36 Part 3 Chapter 10 Carol Pelster
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Play 37 Part 3 Chapter 11 Carol Pelster
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Play 38 Part 3 Chapter 12 Carol Pelster
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Play 39 Part 3 Chapter 13 Carol Pelster
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Play 40 Part 3 Chapter 14 Carol Pelster
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Play 41 Part 3 Chapter 15 Carol Pelster
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