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The Reformation Secured, 1558–1603

Glanmor Williams

in Renewal and Reformation

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192852779
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670558 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852779.003.0013

Series: History of Wales

The Reformation Secured, 1558–1603

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During Elizabeth’s reign, the four Welsh dioceses were joined with those of Worcester and Hereford. Out of sixteen bishops appointed to the Welsh, thirteen were Welshmen and they faced the poverty of the Church due to lack of preachers which has resulted in the poor quality of Welsh clergy. In the middle of her reign, resistance to Elizabeth’s settlement polarized at both ends of the religious spectrum. Catholicism had the more decisive impact on Wales. The government was aware of the widespread persistence of medieval and quasi-papist practices in Wales but despite this Catholic priests and laymen redoubled their exertions. William Morgan’s Bible triggered off other publications in Welsh during the last years of Elizabeth’s reign. To the very end, resistance was alive and vigorous in parts of Wales.

Keywords: Elizabeth; diocese; Worcester; Hereford; Catholicism; William Morgan; Bible; Wales

Chapter.  13068 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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