This module, taught in the Spring term, may be taken by students on the MA in History, the MA in Religious, Social and Cultural History, or any taught Master's student outside the History Department.
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the extensive (and often contentious) recent scholarship relating to the religious and cultural impact of the Reformation in England over the course of a ‘long sixteenth century’ (roughly 1480-1640). Students will be expected both to engage empathetically with the variety of religious mentalities found in this period, and to assess critically the methodologies, conclusions, and preconceptions of the historians who have written about them.
By taking this module, students will be given the opportunity to:
develop critical reading skills, and encounter a range of scholarly approaches and historical methodologies
through regular participation in seminars, improve oral presentation skills, and the ability to debate constructively with peers and teachers
prepare independently under guidance a 5,000 word assessed essay, making use of a range of secondary and (where appropriate) primary sources, and to enhance their facility with bibliographic searching and the conventions of written historical scholarship.
reflect on themes and sources arising out of the module which may be appropriate for later treatment in a Dissertation.
Seminar 1: The Pre-Reformation Church
Seminar 2: The Henrician Reformation
Seminar 3: The Impact in the Parishes, 1520-53
Seminar 4: Mid-Tudor Protestantism
Seminar 5: The Marian Church
Seminar 6: Elizabethan and Jacobean Puritanism
Seminar 7: The Catholic Community
C Harper-Bill, The Pre-Reformation Church in England (1989)
JJ Scarisbrick, The Reformation and the English People (1984)
C Haigh, English Reformations (1993)
E Duffy, The Stripping of the Altars (1992)
AG Dickens, The English Reformation (2nd ed 1989)
P. Marshall (ed.), The Impact of the English Reformation 1500-1640 (1997)
R Rex, Henry VIII and the English Reformation (1993)
S Brigden, London and the Reformation (1989)
D MacCulloch, The Later Reformation in England 1547-1603 (1990)
P Collinson, The Birthpangs of Protestant England (1988)
T. Watt, Cheap Print and Popular Piety 1550-1640 (1991)
1 assessed essay of 5,000 words: the course is taught in weekly 2-hour seminars.