Elizabethan Histories of English Christian Origins

Rosamund Oates

in Sacred History

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199594795
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741494 | DOI:
Elizabethan Histories of English Christian Origins

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This chapter explores how Elizabethan clerics used the history of English Christianity to promote or criticise the Tudor Church. Ecclesiastical history was used in intra-confessional and cross-confessional debates, and Elizabethan accounts of primitive Christianity reflect arguments about the future of the Protestant Church and nation. The chapter examines the range of histories produced in this period, and concludes by tracing the impact of history writing on popular perceptions of the Elizabethan Church.

Keywords: Tudors; Church of England; Parker; Matthew; (English) Reformation; Foxe; John

Chapter.  9459 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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