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Summary: Having considered the experience of Edwardian reformation in the localities, this seminar turns to the making of policy at the centre. We will discuss (and assess debates over) the coherence and consistency of Edwardian reform, as well as the aims and agency of key figures, including the young King Edward himself.

Seminar and essay questions:

a) ‘The Edwardian reformers disagreed over means, but not over ends.’ Discuss.

b) How significant a figure was King Edward for the Edwardian Reformation?


D MacCulloch, The Later Reformation in England, chs 1-2 - short intro.

-----------------, Tudor Church Militant: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation (1999)

---------------, Thomas Cranmer: A Life (1996) - esp. chs 9-12. Definitive treatment of a central figure.

P. Marshall, Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation (2017), chs 10-11 (relevant sections)

C Davies, ‘Edwardian Protestant Concepts of the Church’, in P Lake and M Dowling (eds), Protestantism and the National Church

---------, A Religion of the Word: The Defence of the Reformation in the Reign of Edward VI (2002), esp. intro, chs 3-5

P Marshall, Reformation England 1480-1642 (2003), ch. 3

A Ryrie, The Age of Reformation (2009; 2017), ch 6

---------, ‘Paths Not Taken in the British Reformations’, Historical Journal, 52 (2009)

J. Loach, Edward VI (1999), esp. chs 5, 10, 11 (b)

S Wabuda, Thomas Cranmer (2017), ch 8

C Skidmore, Edward VI: The Lost King of England (London, 2007)

A Overell, Italian Reform and English Reformations, c. 1535-c.1585 (2008), chs 2-5

P Ayris and D Selwyn (eds), Thomas Cranmer: Churchman and Scholar (1993), articles by Loades, Duffy, Hall (a)

----------, The English Reformation, 2nd ed, chs 10, 11

ML Bush, The Government Policy of Protector Somerset, ch 5

S Brigden, London and the Reformation, ch 11

A Pettegree, Foreign Protestant Communities in Sixteenth-Century London (1986), chs 2-4 (a)

S. Alford, Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI, esp chs 1, 4

-----------, Edward VI: The Last Boy King (2014)