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In the medieval system the Pope and Bishops ruled the Church, the Monarch and Lords ruled the State. However, in England from the late fourteenth century with the rise of Lollardy, this division was increasingly challenged by the laity's insistence on their right to choose not only between different systems of Church governments but also between different forms of religious belief. Church and People traces the laity's struggle to achieve supremacy in the English Church and shows how the political and social developments between 1450 and 1660 were decisively influenced by this conflict, as Monarch, Church and Parliament sought to use lay disaffection to further their own political ends. This edition contains a new bibliographical essay.
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"Scholarly, lucid, illuminating, objective and extremely readable . . . an outstanding contribution." (Church Times)

"Good historical writing is a rare commodity, and it is a pleasure to meet it in Claire Cross's new book." (The Tablet)

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Meet the Author

Claire Cross is currently Professor of History at the University of York, where she has taught since 1965. A Cambridge graduate, she was county archivist of Cambridgeshire from 1958 to 1961, and Research Fellow at Reading University between 1962 and 1965. Her other books include The Puritan Earl: The Life of the Third Earl of Huntingdon (1967) and The Royal Supremacy in the Elizabethan Church (1969) and she has edited The Letters of Sir Francis Hastings (1969), York Clergy Wills 1520-1600 (1984 and 1989), with N. Vickers, Monks, Friars and Nuns in Sixteenth Century Yorkshire (1995) and a collection of essays, Patronage and Recruitment in the Tudor and Early Stuart Church (1996).

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Table of Contents

1 Prologue: Lay Questioning of the Medieval Church 1
2 Lollard Revival and Conservative Reform 21
3 The Henrician Reformation: Protestantism, Anti-Clericalism and the Royal Supremacy 42
4 Protestant Advance and Popular Reaction 68
5 Catholic Restoration and Protestant Resistance 86
6 The Elizabethan Church: Settlement and Separation 107
7 Protestant Consolidation 133
8 The Laudian Ascendancy 153
9 Implementing Lay Supremacy, 1640-1660 175
10 Epilogue: The Achievement of Lay Power in the Church 196
Bibliographical App Change and Continuity 215
Abbreviations 224
Notes 225
Bibliography 229
Index 241
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