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One of the novelties of this study is precisely the type of texts subject to analysis: pamphlets and plays.
Disparate though they are in their nature, in their rhetoric, and in the way in which they interact with their audiences, Álvarez Recio manages to demonstrate the connection between them and how they supplement and influence each other in their depiction of anti-Catholic characters.
Such perceptions were essential not only in promoting policies against English Catholics, but in shaping English national identity.
Anti-Catholic propaganda elaborated a stereotype of the Catholic that converged with other negative cultural types common in the period, such as that of the lazy, lecherous monk, the cruel Spaniard, the seductive and deceitful Jesuit and the Machiavellian schemer (the last three enjoying special popularity in the second half of the Elizabethan period).
Special attention is paid to political and doctrinal plays and pamphlets, given their appeal to different social groups and their role in creating a new public opinion.