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The gospel and Henry VIII : evangelicals in the early English Reformation.

Ryrie, A. (2003) 'The gospel and Henry VIII : evangelicals in the early English Reformation.', Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Cambridge studies in early modern British history.

Abstract

During the last decade of Henry VIII’s life, his Protestant subjects struggled to reconcile two loyalties: to their Gospel and to their king. This book tells the story of that struggle and describes how a radicalised English Protestantism emerged from it. Focusing on the critical but neglected period 1539–47, Dr Ryrie argues that these years were not the ‘conservative reaction’ of conventional historiography, but a time of political fluidity and ambiguity. Most evangelicals continued to hope that the king would favour their cause, and remained doctrinally moderate and politically conformist. The author examines this moderate reformism in a range of settings - in the book trade, in the universities, at court and in underground congregations. He also describes its gradual eclipse, as shifting royal policy and the dynamics of the evangelical movement itself pushed reformers towards the more radical, confrontational Protestantism which was to shape the English identity for centuries. • The book focuses on the final years of Henry VIII’s reign, a critical and neglected period of the early Reformation • It offers an original analysis of the origins of England’s Protestant culture • The book places early Reformation theology in its historical, social and political setting

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:Sample chapter deposited. Chapter 4: 'Pulpit and printshop.', pp.113-156.
Full text:PDF - Published Version (2807Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521823432
Publisher statement:© Alec Ryrie 2003.
Record Created:27 Mar 2008
Last Modified:19 Aug 2011 16:56

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