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  1. A family that is closely linked with the US authorities
    1. A strong commitment to the American political and economic life
    2. The incarnation of the "model family" in the American myth of the Kennedys
  2. A controversial ?clan?
    1. The hidden faces of the Kennedy clan
    2. The end of a myth?

When Queen Elizabeth was crowned the leader, English Protestants had returned from exile, and were more than hostile to any compromise with the "Antichrist" regime of Rome. They claimed for the freedom for their party. They rightfully wanted to abolish the other party that was "idolatrous" or "Papist." The target of their measures was the Catholics. Subsequently, in 1558, the daughter of Henry VIII was proclaimed "Queen Salvatrice Deborah", or "champion of the Protestants," who would finally restore the "true religion". It remains difficult to specify if they were enforceable and consisted of opposing forces of both parties involved. The practicing Catholics were probably a numerical majority in the country but they were far from conquering the dynamic and revolutionary Protestants. Therefore, the mere fact of being "Catholic under Elizabeth the first" became detrimental. The coexistence of both parties is an alarming inconsistency in its principles, and even worse in practice. In fact, to remain Catholic was assumed to be a high treason, and an offense that was omnipotence of the Queen, who was the head of the newly reformed Church of England. This is an obstacle to the concern for unity and harmony of the Queen and subjects. The Catholic identity gives the idea of irritating a threat, that of a double achievement, physical and political, private and public, in the Queen and her government. The theological dispute gave rise to a psychosis as the Queen was taken by events and required to make decisions that were not always voluntary. Despite the so-called "prosecutors" and Catholic refractories, "recusants" persisted in their state of provocation, and repression continued, and shook the sphere of power to the point of the English lexicon and adapted it to their case.

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