Conformity and Orthodoxy in the English Church, c.1560-1660

Conformity and Orthodoxy in the English Church, c.1560-1660

Edited by Peter Lake, Michael Questier

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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

The first general study of different attitudes to conformity and the political and cultural significance of the resulting consensus on what came to be regarded as orthodox.
The different ways in which people expressed `conformity' or `nonconformity' to the 1559 settlement of religion in the English church have generally been treated separately by historians: Catholic recusancy and occasional conformity; Protestant ministerial subscription to the canons and articles of the Church of England; the innovations made by avant-garde conformist clerics to the early Stuart Church; and conformist support for the prayer book in the 1640s. This is the first book to look across the board at what was politically important about conformity, aiming to assess how different attitudes to conformity affected what was regarded as orthodox or true religion in the English Church: that is, the political and cultural significance of the ways in which one could obey or disobey the law governing the Church. The introduction places the articles in the context of the recent historiography of the late Tudor and early Stuart Church.

PETER LAKE is Professor of History, Princeton University; MICHAEL QUESTIER is Senior Research Fellow, St Mary's Strawberry Hill.

Contributors: ALEXANDRA WALSHAM, MICHAEL QUESTIER, PAULINE CROFT, KENNETH FINCHAM, THOMAS FREEMAN, PETER LAKE, ANDREW FOSTER, NICHOLAS TYACKE, DAVID COMO, JUDITH MALTBY.

Details

August 2000
2 black and white illustrations
316 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Modern British Religious History
ISBN: 9780851157979
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC HBLL
BISAC REL033000, HIS015000
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Table of Contents

Lancelot Andrewes and the Myth of Anglicanism - Nicholas Tyacke
Demons, Deviance and Defiance: John Darrell and the Politics of Exorcism in late Elizabethan England - Thomas S. Freeman
Puritans, Predestination and the Construction of Orthodoxy in Early Seventeenth-Century England - David Como
From Temple to Synagogue: 'Old Conformity' in the 1640s-1650s and the Case of Christopher Harvey - Judith D Maltby
Clerical Conformity from Whitgift to Laud - Kenneth Fincham
Archbishop Richard Neile Revisited through Discussion of Concepts of 'Orthodoxy' and 'Conformity' - Andrew Foster
Moving the Goal Posts? Modified Subscription and the Construction of Conformity in the Early Stuart Church - Peter Lake
'Yeilding to the Extremity of the Time': Conformity, Orthodoxy and the Post-Reformation Catholic Community - Alexandra M Walsham
Conformity, Catholicism and the Law - Michael Questier
The Catholic Gentry, the Earl of Salisbury and the Baronets of 1611 - Pauline Croft

Reviews

A well-executed volume. The essays give us a good introduction to the problems of conformity and orthodoxy in the English Church. The case studies included are insightful and meticulously researched. SEVENTEENTH CENTURY NEWS

A highly significant as well as controversial work: a must-read for all students of the religious nistory of the time... a book packed with ideas, references and invormation. RECUSANT HISTORY This outstanding collection makes significant advances in our understanding of English religion in the period, and every study in it is instructive and contributes positively to its larger purpose. ALBION Important volume. HISTORY Not a single dud article... one of the most important contributions to the history of the early modern Church of England to have appeared for a long time. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

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