Henry VIII and the English Reformation

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Abandoning the traditional narrative approach to the subject, Richard Rex presents an analytical account that sets out the logic of Henry VIII's shortlived Reformation. Starting with the fundamental matter of the royal supremacy. Rex goes on to investigate the application of this principle to the English ecclesiastical establishment and to the traditional religion of the people. He then examines the extra impetus and the new direction which Henry's regime gave to the development of a vernacular and literate ...
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Overview

Abandoning the traditional narrative approach to the subject, Richard Rex presents an analytical account that sets out the logic of Henry VIII's shortlived Reformation. Starting with the fundamental matter of the royal supremacy. Rex goes on to investigate the application of this principle to the English ecclesiastical establishment and to the traditional religion of the people. He then examines the extra impetus and the new direction which Henry's regime gave to the development of a vernacular and literate devotional culture, and shows how, despite Henry's best intentions, serious religious divisions had emerged in England by the end of his reign. The study emphasises the personal role of Henry VIII in driving the Reformation process and how this process, in turn, considerably reinforced the monarch's power. This updated edition of a powerful interpretation of Henry VIII's Reformation retains the analytical edge and stylish lucidity of the original text while taking full account of the latest research. An important new chapter elucidates the way in which 'politics' and 'religion' interacted in early Tudor England.

About the Author:
Richard Rex is Senior Lecturer in Church History in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge, and is Director of Studies in History at Queens' College, Cambridge

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Not a historical narrative, but an analytical account of the logic of Henry's 16th-century reformation. Looks at the conditions and the events, the nature of the monarchy, the effect on the official and popular religions and on vernacular and literate culture, and how it led eventually to religious division and a devastating war. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403992727
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/13/2006
  • Series: British History in Perspective Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD REX is Senior Lecturer in Church History in the Faculty of Divinity and Director of Studies in History at Queens' College, Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Divorce and supremacy 1
Ch. 2 Church and crown 28
Ch. 3 Popular religion 56
Ch. 4 Vernacular religious culture 83
Ch. 5 Doctrinal division 107
Ch. 6 The politics of religion 135
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