The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest (unabridged)

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Father John Gerard

The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest

Read by Gareth Armstrong


Jesuit priest John Gerard (1564–1637) hid from English authorities for eight years before his eventual capture and torture in the Tower of London. Risking everything to preserve Catholicism in Tudor England, Gerard moved from house to house, converting many people and evading capture by mere seconds. Following a hair’s-breadth escape from the Tower to the Continent, he survived to tell his tale and pass on his experience to future missionaries and martyrs in The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest, a fascinating tale of espionage, disguise, priest hunters, invisible ink and brilliantly designed hideouts. A heroic story of grit and determination, Gerard’s Autobiography unequivocally captures humanity’s courage and resolve in the face of oppression.

  • Running Time: 6 h 57 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-330-0
    Cat. no.:NA0470
    Produced by:John Foley
    Edited by:Thomas Goose
    BISAC:BIO006000, BIO018000
    Released:November 2020
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British actor Gareth Armstrong brings to life the story of Jesuit priest John Gerard (1564–1637) who is hunted throughout Elizabethan England during the Protestant Reformation. Armstrong delivers a powerful performance as he shares Father John Gerard’s account of hiding from priest hunters, being imprisoned in chains, and having his faith disparaged at every turn. As he recounts harrowing days trapped behind hidden panels in homes and his triumphant conversions of ‘heretics’, Armstrong’s narration keeps listeners thoroughly engaged. The Elizabethan English can be confusing at times, but Armstrong makes it accessible and allows listeners to sigh with relief at Father Gerard’s tense escapes.

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