Henry VIII and the English Reformation / Edition 2

Henry VIII and the English Reformation / Edition 2

by Richard Rex
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Macmillan Education UK

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Henry VIII and the English Reformation / Edition 2

Abandoning the traditional narrative approach to the subject, Richard Rex presents an analytical account which 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403992734
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 03/30/2006
Series: British History in Perspective Series
Edition description: 2nd ed. 2006
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition.- Preface to the First Edition.- Introduction.- Divorce and Supremacy.- Church and Crown.- Popular Religion.- Vernacular Religious Culture.- Doctrinal Division.- The Politics of Religion.- Conclusion.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.

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