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Topic Five: Early 'Protestants'

a) Assess the relative indebtedness of early English Protestantism to continental and homegrown influences.

b) How serious was the threat ‘Protestantism’ posed to the established religious order in England before Henry VIII initiated the Break with Rome?

  • R Rex, Henry VIII and the English Reformation, ch 5, first pt - useful short survey for both questions [new edition 2005]
  • -------, 'The English Campaign against Luther in the 1520s', Trans of the Royal Historical Association (1989) (b)
  • -------, ‘The early impact of Reformation theology at Cambridge University, 1521-1547’, Reformation and Renaissance Review (1999) (b)
  • S Brigden, London and the Reformation, ch 2 - best recent work on the first Protestants
  • -------------, 'Youth and the English Reformation', in Past and Present (1984), and in Marshall, (ed), The Impact of the English Reformation 1500-1640
  • C Haigh, English Reformations, ch 3 (a, b)
  • AG Dickens, The English Reformation (2nd ed) ch 5 (a, b)
  • --------------, 'Heresy and the Origins of English Protestantism' in Dickens, Reformation Studies (b)
  • P Marshall, Reformation England 1480-1642 (2003), pp. 26-35
  • -----------, Religious Identities in Henry VIII’s England (2006), part 1
  • ---------, and A Ryrie (eds), The Beginnings of English Protestantism (2002), intro., chs 1-3
  • P Gwyn, The King's Cardinal: the Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey, pp. 480 ff (b)
  • C D'Alton, 'The Suppression of Lutheran Heretics in England, 1526-1529', Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 54 (2003) (b)
  • J. Davis, ‘The Christian Brethren and the Dissemination of Heretical Books’, in R. N.  Swanson (ed), The Church and the Book (2004)
  • M Aston, 'Lollardy and the Reformation: Survival or Revival', in Aston, Lollards and Reformers and in Journal of Ecclesiastical History (1964) (a)
  • JF Davis, 'Lollardy and the Reformation in England', Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte (1982) and in P Marshall (ed) The Impact of the English Reformation (a)
  • ----------, 'The Trials of Thomas Bylney and the English Reformation', Historical Journal (1981) (a)
  • ----------, Heresy and Reformation in the South-East of England 1520-1559, chs 1-4 (a, b)
  • G Walker, 'Heretical Sects in Pre-Reformation England', History Today (May 1993) and fuller version as ch 5 of his Persuasive Fictions (a, b)