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Topic Six: Royal Supremacy

a) Why did the Break with Rome arouse such little opposition?

b) Did Henry's Royal Supremacy deliver ‘Catholicism without the Pope’?


  • J Guy, Tudor England, ch. 5 - useful general introduction

    C Haigh, English Reformations, ch.7 (b)

    R Rex, Henry VIII and the English Reformation - very good for both questions

    P Marshall, Reformation England 1480-1642 (2003), pp. 35-57

    D. MacCulloch, ‘Henry VIII and the Reform of the Church’, in MacCulloch (ed.), The Reign of Henry VIII: Politics, Policy and Piety (1995) (b)

    E H Shagan, Popular Politics and the English Reformation (2003), chs. 1-2 (a)

    F Heal, Reformation in Britain and Ireland (2003), ch. 4 (i-v)

    G. W. Bernard, ‘The Making of Religious Policy, 1533-1546: Henry VIII and the Search for the

    Middle Way’, Historical Journal (1998) (b)

    ---------------, ‘The Piety of Henry VIII’, in NS Amos, A Pettegree and H van Nierop (eds), The Education of a Christian Society (1999)

    --------------, The King’s Reformation: Henry VIII and the Remaking of the English Church (2005), chs. 1-2, 6 – controversial new interpretation.

    A Ryrie, The Age of Reformation (2009), ch. 5

    --------, ‘The Strange Death of Lutheran England’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2002) (b)

    ---------, ‘Divine Kingship and Royal Theology in Henry VIII’s Reformation’, Reformation, 7 (2002) (b)

    ---------, The Gospel and Henry VIII (2003), part 1 (b)

    P. Marshall, Religious Identities in Henry VIII’s England (2006), introduction (b), ch. 11 (a)

    ----------, ‘Crisis of Allegiance: George Throckmorton and Henry Tudor’, in P Marshall and G Scott (eds), Catholic Gentry in English Society: The Throckmortons of Coughton from Reformation to Emancipation (2009)

    --------, ‘“The Greatest Man in Wales:” James ap Gruffydd ap Hywel and the International Opposition to Henry VIII’, Sixteenth Century Journal, 39 (2008)

    G R Elton, Policy and Police, esp. chs. 6, 7, 8 (a)

    -----------, Reform and Reformation, chs. 7, 8 - useful for both questions

    ----------, ‘Sir Thomas More and the Opposition to Henry VIII’, Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research (1968), and in his Studies in Tudor and Stuart Politics and Government, vol. I. (a)

    S Brigden, London and the Reformation, chs 5, 6 - ditto

    J J Scarisbrick, Henry VIII, pp 324-339 (a)

    M Dowling, ‘Anne Boleyn and Reform’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History (1984) (b)

    ------------, ‘The Gospel and the Court: Reformation under Henry VIII’ in P Lake and M Dowling eds., Protestantism and the National Church 

    A G Dickens, The English Reformation, 2nd ed, ch 7 (ch 6 in 1964 edn)

    P. Marshall, ‘Papist as Heretic: the Burning of John Forest, 1538’, Historical Journal (1998) (a) – on conservative resistance strategies

    ------------, ‘The Other Black Legend: The Henrician Reformation and the Spanish People’, English Historical Review, (2001) (b) – on how it looked from abroad

    ------------, ‘Mumpsimus and Sumpsimus: The Intellectual Origins of a Henrician Bon Mot’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2001) (b)

    ------------, ‘Is the Pope Catholic? Henry VIII and the Semantics of Schism’, in E. Shagan (ed), Catholics and the ‘Protestant Nation’ (2005)

    NB. All four of the above articles are reprinted in P. Marshall, Religious Identities in Henry VIII’s England (2006).

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