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Oaths and the English Reformation

Oaths and the English Reformation

by Jonathan Michael Gray
     
 

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The practice of swearing oaths was at the centre of the English Reformation. On the one hand, oaths were the medium through which the Henrician regime implemented its ideology and secured loyalty among the people. On the other, they were the tool by which the English people embraced, resisted and manipulated royal policy. Jonathan Michael Gray argues that since the

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The practice of swearing oaths was at the centre of the English Reformation. On the one hand, oaths were the medium through which the Henrician regime implemented its ideology and secured loyalty among the people. On the other, they were the tool by which the English people embraced, resisted and manipulated royal policy. Jonathan Michael Gray argues that since the Reformation was negotiated through oaths, their precise significance and function are central to understanding it fully. Oaths and the English Reformation sheds new light on the motivation of Henry VIII, the enforcement of and resistance to reform and the extent of popular participation and negotiation in the political process. Placing oaths at the heart of the narrative, this book argues that the English Reformation was determined as much by its method of implementation and response as it was by the theology or political theory it transmitted.

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"… adds much detail, texture, and thoughtful analysis, and all students of the topic should welcome it."
Peter Marshall, Sixteenth Century Journal

"This extremely well-researched and methodologically sophisticated monograph reminds us how central the use of oaths was in a society that had relatively few means of coercion available to it … an extremely successful transition from dissertation to monograph - a far-from-easy thing to accomplish nowadays, especially in the context of the ridiculous time pressure to publish that bedevils the university system. The reconstruction of the verbal mechanisms of Henrician coercion, which remind one, in fact, of the passive-aggressive but still really malicious workings of some of the both worst- and overregulated university departments, is a major addition to the literature on the 1530s."
Michael Corrie Questier, Renaissance Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107018020
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Michael Gray is Assistant Professor of Church History at Virginia Theological Seminary.

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