The English Reformation Revised by Christopher Haigh

By Christopher Haigh

20 years in the past, historians proposal they understood the Reformation in England. Professor A. G. Dickens's dependent The English Reformation was once then new, and hugely influential: it looked as if it would exhibit how nationwide coverage and constructing reformist allegiance interacted to provide a suitable and winning Protestant Reformation. yet, considering that then, the proof of the statute ebook, of Protestant propagandists and of heresy trials has come to appear much less convincing, missed files, in particular the files of diocesan management and parish lifestyles, were explored, new questions were requested - and plenty of of the solutions were magnificent. a few of the outdated certainties were demolished, and plenty of of the assumptions of the outdated interpretation of the Reformation were undermined, in a wide-ranging technique of revision. however the culmination of the recent 'revisionism' are nonetheless buried in technical educational journals, tough for college kids and academics to discover and to exploit. there's no up to date textbook, no finished new survey, to problem the orthodoxies enshrined in older works. This quantity seeks to meet the most important wishes for college students of Tudor England. First, it brings jointly probably the most readable of the hot leading edge essays and articles right into a unmarried booklet. moment, it seeks to teach how a brand new 'revisionist' interpretation of the English Reformation will be built, and examines its strengths and weaknesses. in brief, it's an alternative choice to a brand new textbook survey - till an individual has time (and braveness) to put in writing one. the hot creation units out the framework for a brand new knowing of the Reformation, and exhibits how already released paintings will be geared up into it. The 9 essays (one revealed right here for the 1st time) supply precise stories of specific difficulties in Reformation historical past, and normal surveys of the growth of spiritual swap. the hot end attempts to plug a few of the closing gaps, and indicates how the Reformation got here to divide the English country. it's a intentionally debatable assortment, for use along latest textbooks and to advertise rethinking and debate.

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