English Reformations : Religion, Politics, and Society under the Tudors / Edition 1

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English Reformations takes a refreshing new approach to the study of the Reformation in England. Christopher Haigh's lively and readable study disproves any facile assumption that the triumph of Protestantism was inevitable, and goes beyond the surface of official political policy to explore the religious views and practices of ordinary English people. With the benefit of hindsight, other historians have traced the course of the Reformation as a series of events inescapably culminating in the creation of the English Protestant establishment. Haigh sets out to recreate the sixteenth century as a time of excitement and insecurity, with each new policy or ruler causing the reversal of earlier religious changes. This is a scholarly and stimulating book, which challenges traditional ideas about the Reformation and offers a powerful and convincing alternative analysis.

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"It is a tribute to the worth of Dr. Haigh's positive evidence, as well as to his skill in debate, that on the whole the balance of probability seems usually to be on his side....It is significant that it is Dr. Haigh's view which has become the best known and has now provided what is likely to become the standard textbook."—Times Higher Education Supplement

"A significant work...An important study that professional historians will need to read."—istory: Reviews of New Books

"Readers of this book...will find the most convincing account yet available of how the majority of the English people received the Reformations of the sixteenth century."—Albion

"This book deserves high commendation as a grassroots religious history of England in the sixteenth century...Beyond being an exemplary presentation of history, the book has implications well worth the attention of readers whose interest in religion is not simply historical."—Journal of Religion

"[V]ery readable, forceful, and compelling."—The Thomist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198221623
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,406,890
  • Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 6.19 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Religious World of Roger Martyn 1
Introduction: Interpretations and Evidence 12
Pt. I A Church Unchallenged
1 Parishes and Piety 25
2 The Priests and Their People 40
3 Books Banned and Heretics Burned 56
4 Church Courts and English Law 72
5 Politics and Parliament 88
Pt. II Two Political Reformations, 1530-1553
6 Divorce, Supremacy, and Schism, 1530-1535 105
7 Religious Innovations and Royal Injunctions, 1535-1538 121
8 Resistance and Rebellion, 1530-1538 137
9 Reformation Reversed, 1538-1547 152
10 Edward's Reformation, 1547-1553 168
Pt. III Political Reformation and Protestant Reformation
11 The Making of a Minority, 1530-1553 187
12 Catholic Restoration, 1553-1558 203
13 Problems and Persecution, 1553-1558 219
14 Legislation and Visitation, 1558-1569 235
15 From Resentment to Recusancy 251
16 Evangelists in Action 268
Conclusion: The Reformations and the Division of England 285
Abbreviations 296
Notes 297
Bibliographical Survey 335
Index 343
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  • Posted July 20, 2014

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    Christopher Haigh's book, English Reformations, begins by showin

    Christopher Haigh's book, English Reformations, begins by showing that before 1530 there was no strong undercurrent for the Protestant Reformation in England in fact the exact opposite was true as Catholic England was going strong. Unlike the general historical belief that once Henry VIII broke with Rome a Protestant England would be the result, Haigh shows it was never the case especially when documenting the reign of Mary I when the majority of the English welcomed a return to the Roman Catholic Church.

    Haigh presents that development of a Protestant minority in England started when Thomas Cromwell brought Protestant elements little-by-little into Henry's decision to break with Rome then promoted them even after Henry's natural conservative religious views came into play. The Protestant minority truely came into being during the reign of Edward VI when his Protectors and Council systematically made the Church of England more Protestant. After surviving the reign of Mary, the Protestants overreached at the beginning of Elizabeth's reign when they tried to overhaul the Church of England in one-fell swoop instead of the step-by-step approached used by Crowmell and under Edward, and it was this overreached that most likely created the mixture of Reformed Protestant and Catholic beliefs that are present in the Anglican Church.

    Haigh's conclusions and the evidence he presents shows that after all these "reformations" England was Christian, it just wasn't really majority Protestant or Catholic. And when considering the religious and political developments in Great Britain from 1603 to 1714 under the Stuarts along with the various colonies on the eastern coast of North America, this conclusion seems to be correct.

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