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England and Poland

There’s an article in the Guardian today that makes a historian smile/cry with frustration/enthusiasm.

Richard Godwin in the Guardian quotes Churchill

one set of people get control, who compel all others to obey and aid them in folly

He also refers to recent attempts by Brexiteers to draw Poland into the fray.

Interestingly, Poland (or rather, the Commonwealth of Lithuania and Poland) was a particular interest to English Catholics in the late 16th century. With its own delicate balance of competing religious groups, only just held together, the extreme reactions and counter-reactions in Tudor Britain provided a cautionary tale of what might happen if it all went wrong.

The English College’s Ecclesiae Anglicanae Trophaea (1584) was dedicated to Thomas Treter, a leading Polish statesman and cleric in Rome because it proved the point, they argued: only leaders with a bigger view of the world and a longer sense of history could prevail.

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