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Through Several Glasses Darkly: Historical and Sectarian Perceptions of the Tudor Church

PATRICK COLLINSON

in Tudorism

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264942
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754111 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264942.003.0006

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Through Several Glasses Darkly: Historical and Sectarian Perceptions of the Tudor Church

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This chapter surveys the perceptions of the Tudor Church since the sixteenth century. It argues that the history of the Tudor Church has been punctuated, bisected, fractured, and forever complicated by the Reformation, which meant different things to different people. One of the visions of the Tudor Church seen through very dark if rose-tinted glass was that enjoyed by Anglicans in the century or so following the recatholicising Oxford Movement of the 1830s and 1840s. In this perspective, what happened to the Tudors was sensible and non-revolutionary. The Anglo‐Catholic version of the Tudor Church was a reaction against the story of British Christianity which had been told between the 1560s and 1580s by John Foxe in Acts and Monuments of the Church, or its more familiar title, ‘The Book of Martyrs’.

Keywords: Tudor Church; Reformation; Anglicans; Anglo‐Catholics; John Foxe

Chapter.  7947 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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