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Topic Ten: Edwardian Protestantism

a) What problems confront the historian in attempting to ascertain the strength of popular Protestantism in Edward's reign?

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

  • D MacCulloch, The Later Reformation in England, chs 1-2 - short intro.
  • -----------------, Tudor Church Militant: Edward VI and the Protestant Reformation (1999) – the most important recent work on these topics
  • ---------------, Thomas Cranmer: A Life (1996) - esp. chs 9-12. Definitive treatment of a central figure.
  • P Marshall, Reformation England 1480-1642 (2003), ch.3
  • A Ryrie, The Age of Reformation (2009), ch 6

  • J. Loach, Edward VI (1999), esp. chs 5, 10, 11 (b)
  • E Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars, ch 15 (a)
  • P Ayris & D Selwyn (eds.), Thomas Cranmer: Churchman and Scholar (1993), articles by Loades, Duffy, Hall (b)
  • C Litzenberger, ‘Local Responses to Changes in Religious Policy Based on the Evidence from Gloucestershire Wills’, Continuity and Change, (1993) (a)
  • Alec Ryrie, ‘Counting Sheep, counting shepherds: the problem of allegiance in the English Reformation’, in Peter Marshall and Alec Ryrie (eds), The Beginnings of English Protestantism (2002) (a)
  • AG Dickens, 'The Early Expansion of Protestantism in England 1520-1558', Archiv fur Reformationsgeschichte (1987) and in Dickens, Late Monasticism and the Reformation. Also in Marshall (ed) Impact of the English Reformation (a)
  • ----------, The English Reformation, 2nd ed - ch 13 gives abbreviated version of above article.
  • ----------, The English Reformation, 2nd ed, chs 10, 11 (b)
  • ML Bush, The Government Policy of Protector Somerset, ch 5 (b)
  • S Brigden, London and the Reformation, ch 10 (a), 11 (b)
  • C Haigh, English Reformations, ch 11 (a)
  • DM Palliser, 'Popular reactions to the Reformation during the years of uncertainty', in F Heal and R O'Day eds Church and Society in England; also in C Haigh ed, The English Reformation Revised (a)
  • C Davies, ‘Edwardian Protestant Concepts of the Church’, in P Lake and M Dowling (eds), Protestantism and the National Church (b)
  • ---------, A Religion of the Word: The Defence of the Reformation in the Reign of Edward VI (2002), esp. intro, chs 3-5 (b)
  • S. Alford, Kingship and Politics in the Reign of Edward VI, esp chs 1, 4