The Gospel and Henry VIII
Evangelicals in the Early English Reformation
By (author) Professor Alec Ryrie
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Gospel and Henry VIII by Professor Alec Ryrie
Book DescriptionDuring the last decade of Henry VIII's life, his Protestant subjects struggled to reconcile two loyalties: to their Gospel and to their king. This book tells the story of that struggle and describes how a radicalised English Protestantism emerged from it. Focusing on the critical but neglected period 1539-47, Dr Ryrie argues that these years were not the 'conservative reaction' of conventional historiography, but a time of political fluidity and ambiguity. Most evangelicals continued to hope that the king would favour their cause, and remained doctrinally moderate and politically conformist. The author examines this moderate reformism in a range of settings - in the book trade, in the universities, at court and in underground congregations. He also describes its gradual eclipse, as shifting royal policy and the dynamics of the evangelical movement itself pushed reformers towards the more radical, confrontational Protestantism which was to shape the English identity for centuries.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521036658
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Being Protestant in Reformation Britain, Paperback (June 2015)
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Scholars increasingly recognise that understanding the history of religion means understanding worship and devotion as well as doctrines and polemics. Early modern Christianity consisted of its lived experience. This title brings together an interdisciplinary range of scholars to discuss what that lived experience comprised, and what it meant.
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Author Biography - Professor Alec Ryrie
Alec Ryrie is Lecturer in Modern History, University of Birmingham.
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