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The Reformation period has long been seen as crucial in the development of the society and institutions of the English-speaking peoples, whilst the study of the Tudor and Stuart era stands at the heart of most courses in English history. But while the influence of the Book of Common Prayer and the King James Version of the Bible created the modern English language, there has been no collection of contemporary documents available to show how the momentous social and political changes took place. In his major and comprehensive collection, Gerald Bray has compiled a vast range of documents, covering the period of the English Reformation from 1526 to 1700. The book contains many texts that have been relatively inaccessible until now, along with others more widely known. In addition, the book provides a selection of highly informative appendixes, including comparative tables of the different articles and confessions, showing their mutual relationships and dependence. Containing fifty-eight documents covering all the main Statutes, Injunctions and Orders, Prefaces to prayer books, Biblical translations and other relevant texts, Documents of the English Reformation provides an invaluable resource for students, and a useful aide memoire for scholars in the fields of theology, the English Church, and late medieval and early modern English history. See the Complete Listing of Documents here.

Bray has compiled a vast array of documents, covering the English Reformation from Henry to the Act of Supremacy, which show the momentous changes which took place during this important period. The 58 documents include all the main statutes, injunctions, and orders, confessions of faith, prefaces to prayer books and biblical translations, and other relevant texts in their entirety.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780227172391
  • Publisher: Lutterworth Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/8/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 676
  • Product dimensions: 1.43 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Bray is an Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Sanford University.
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Table of Contents

0 Introduction 9
1 Tyndale's Preface to the New Testament (1526), 1534 17
2 Tyndale's Preface to the Pentateuch, 1530 32
3 Act for the Pardon of the Clergy, 1531 (22 Henry VIII, c.20) 41
4 The Supplication of the Commons, 1532 51
5 The Reply of the Ordinaries, 1532 57
6 The Submission of the Clergy, 1532 71
7 Act for the Conditional Restraint of Annates, 1532 (23 Henry VIII, c.20) 72
8 Act in Restraint of Appeals, 1533 78
9 Act for the Submission of the Clergy and Restraint of Appeals, 1534 84
10 Act Restraining the Payment of Annates and Concerning the Election of Bishops, 1534 88
11 The Ecclesiastical Licences Act, 1534 94
12 The Abjuration of Papal Supremacy by the Clergy, 1534 109
13 The Act of Supremacy, 1534 113
14 The Suffragan Bishops Act, 1534 115
15 The Wittenberg Articles, 1536 119
16 The Ten Articles, 1536 162
17 The First Henrician Injunctions, 1536 175
18 The Second Henrician Injunctions, 1538 179
19 The Thirteen Articles, with Three Additional Articles, 1538 184
20 The Act of the Six Articles, 1539 222
21 Cranmer's Preface to the Great Bible, 1540 233
22 The Edwardian Injunctions, 1547 247
23 The Sacrament Act, 1547 258
24 The Election of Bishops Act, 1547 263
25 The Act of Uniformity, 1549 266
26 The Preface to the Book of Common Prayer, 1549 272
27 The Preface to the Ordinal, 1549 277
28 Act to take away all Positive Laws against the Marriage of Priests, 1549 279
29 The Act of Uniformity, 1552 281
30 The Forty-Two Articles, 1553; The Thirty-Eight Articles, 1563; The Thirty-Nine Articles, 1571 284
31 The Marian Injunctions, 1554 315
32 The Act of Supremacy, 1559 318
33 The Act of Uniformity, 1559 329
34 The Elizabethan Injunctions, 1559 335
35 The Eleven Articles, 1559 349
36 The Preface to the Geneva Bible, 1560 355
37 The Preface to the Rheims New Testament, 1582 364
38 Archbishop Whitgift's Articles, 1583 397
39 The Lambeth Articles, 1595 399
40 The Preface to the Douay Old Testament, 1609 401
41 The Preface to the Authorized (King James) Version, 1611 413
42 The Irish Articles, 1615 437
43 The Canons of the Synod of Dort, 1619 453
44 The King's Declaration, 1628 481
45 The Solemn League and Covenant, 1643 483
46 The Westminster Confession of Faith, 1647 486
47 The Savoy Declaration, 1658 521
48 The Declaration of Breda, 1660 544
49 The Act of Uniformity, 1662 546
50 The Preface to the Book of Common Prayer, 1662 560
51 The Test Act, 1673 563
52 The Toleration Act, 1689 570
53 The Second London (Baptist) Confession of Faith, 1689 578
54 The Act of Settlement, 1700 584
Supplementary Text 1: The First and Second Statutes of Provisors, 1351 and 1390 593
Supplementary Text 2: The First Statute of Praemunire, 1353 600
Supplementary Text 3: The Second Statute of Praemunire, 1393 602
Supplementary Text 4: The Augsburg Confession, 1530 605
App. 1. Sovereigns of England (1485-1714) and Archbishops of Canterbury (1486-1715) 655
App. 2. Sovereigns by Regnal Years 656
App. 3. Popes 1484-1721 656
App. 4. Dates of Easter and Moveable Feasts 1485-1715 657
App. 5. From the Augsburg Confession to the 39 Articles: A Comparative Table 661
App. 6. From the 39 Articles to the Westminster Confession: A Comparative Table 662
App. 7. The Westminster Confession and the 39 Articles directly compared 664
App. 8. The Westminster Confession and its Offspring compared 665
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