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A essential reference work for the history of the Church of England and Anglican canon law.This volume is a major new scholarly edition of some of the most important sources in the history of the Anglican Church. It includes all the canons produced by the Church of England, from the opening of the Reformation parliament in 1529 to 1947. Most of the material comes from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, among which the canons of 1529, 1603 and 1640, and Cardinal Pole's legatine constitutions of 1556, are of particular importance. But the volume also includes the first scholarly editions of the deposited canons of 1874 and 1879 and the proposed canons of 1947. In addition, it includes both the Irish canons of 1634 and the Scottish canons of 1636. The canons are accompanied by a substantial number of supplementary texts and appendixes, illustrating their sources and development; Latin texts are accompanied by parallel English translations, and the editor provides a full scholarly apparatus, which is particularly valuable for its identification of the sources of the various canons. The texts are preceded by an extended introduction, which provides not only an up-to-date analysis of the framing and significance of each set of canons, but also critical discussions of the origins and development of canon law and the system of ecclesiastical courts. It is an essential work of reference for anyone interested in the history of the Church of England since the Reformation, or in Anglican canon law.
GERALD BRAYis Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University.
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A formidable volume - the first critical edition of post-Reformation Anglican canon law to appear since 1842... A substantial introduction combines conceptual clarity with immense detail... Altogether, this is a book of remarkable scholarship and weight, and, for historians of canon law, it must be an indispensable volume. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEWA work of great historical interest to the Church of England... will undoubtedly prove to be an invaluable asset. ECCLESIASTICAL LAW JOURNALOffers theologians, historians and legal experts the most comprehensive and expertly annotated single volume available on English canon law from the genesis of the English Reformation to the reign of George VI. ANGLICAN AND EPISCOPAL HISTORY